Happily retired Georges St-Pierre


There was a Georges St-Pierre sighting in Canada this past weekend.

But he wasn’t lacing up his gloves. Instead, the former welterweight king was in the corner of Nasrat Haqparast, who picked up a second-round knockout win over Joaquim Silva at UFC on ESPN 5.

Naturally, the talk of a possible “GSP” return sparked up, but the former UFC champ put them all to rest.

St-Pierre said that prior to retiring, he would have loved the opportunity to face current lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, but competing to be the best is no longer on his mind.

“It was on my mind when I retired,” St-Pierre told TSN. “I really wanted to do it. But now, I’m telling you the truth: UFC (was) clear they had other plans for Khabib, so I turned the page and I cannot wait for (his next) fight to happen. I have other plans in my life.

“Being the best fighter in the world is not my No. 1 priority. It used to be. Now it’s not. I have family, friends, more important things to do, and I have other projects down the road.”

St-Pierre (26-2 MMA, 21-2 UFC) last competed in November 2017 at UFC 217, when he defeated Michael Bisping by third-round submission to win the middleweight title. St-Pierre joined an elite few by winning a UFC belt in a second weight class, adding to his Hall of Fame legacy.

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