George St. Pierre Retires in Montreal News Press Conference
George St. Pierre knows how most fighters end their career: face down on the canvas. In his case however, he has chosen a different ending.
“It takes a lot of discipline to retire on top. It was a long process in my mind, but it’s time to do it. I’ve always said that I want to retire on my own and not be told to retire, so, it takes discipline in combat sport, full contact sport, that’s how you should retire. You should retire on top.”
St. Pierre, 37, had most recently fought at UFC 217 in a 3rd round submission win over Michael Bisping to win the Middleweight title. He had returned after nearly a 4 year layoff, and was in negotiations to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov for a chance to win a UFC title in a third weight class. St. Pierre will retire with a 26-2 record.
It appears from all reports that George St. Pierre and Khabib Nurmagomedov were in negotiations to fight. St. Pierre commented that the UFC had “other plans” for Khabib. “Rush” had no interest in taking another fight at 155, a weight class that he had never fought in before, in order to secure a title shot. Khabib has consistently said that he wants to fight in November, and it is understandable why the UFC would not want to postpone a potential matchup with either Tony Ferguson (11 fight win streak) or a Conor McGregor rematch first.
If indeed this is the end, St. Pierre will go down as one of if not the greatest UFC Fighter of all time. He lost twice in his career: Matt Hughes at UFC 50 via armbar, and Matt Serra at UFC 69. He avenged both of those defeats (Hughes twice via TKO and Submission and Serra via TKO).