Recently Firas Zahabi created a bit of buzz throughout the MMA world, after he made comments in a French Canadian interview, which apparently relayed Georges St. Pierre might retire if he’s no longer motivated after UFC 167. Of course, some folks and media outlets took that to mean GSP might already be looking at hanging up the gloves.
Well, not surprisingly, the renowned trainer is saying his comments were taken out of context. According to Zahabi, St. Pierre’s position has always been that once he loses the drive to go through a full out training camp, he’ll retire. On the latest edition of “UFC Tonight”, here’s what correspondent Ariel Helwani said Zahabi relayed to him (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“GSP has always that said if he loses the drive to really go through with a great training camp and push himself, then he will retire,” Zahabi reportedly told Helwani. “GSP’s camp has been his best in years, last two not so great, because he was so rusty because of the knee injury.”
Now of course, some people might argue that Zahabi is just stepping back from the comments, but as he noted, GSP has held that position for a while. In addition, coming back from the extensive knee surgery he had must have been tough. St. Pierre went around 19 months without fighting, before working his way to a UD win over interim champ Carlos Condit at UFC 154 in November, 2012.
So, retirement talk aside, GSP will face what could be his toughest test to date at UFC 167 in Johny Hendricks, and if he beats him, the talk will return to ‘what’s next?’ Of course, the same can be said if St. Pierre loses. Will he receive an automatic rematch? Would he consider moving to 185? Would he have have the motivation to keep fighting? November 16th can’t get here fast enough.
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