Georges St-Pierre on retirement: ‘I’m the happiest man in the world’

Georges St-Pierre. (Ryan Remiorz/CP)

Georges St-Pierre is enjoying retirement and not planning on returning to the UFC ring anytime soon.

“I’m the happiest man in the world and I wouldn’t want to change my place with anyone else,” St-Pierre said in an interview with ESPN’s Ariel Helwani Tuesday. “To go back and do the same routine I did before, I’ve done it for so long, I don’t have the same motivation as I did before.”

The Montreal native retired from Mixed Martial Arts in 2019 after a 26-2 record in 28 fights over a 15-year career, ending with a Michael Bisping takedown at UFC 217 in 2017.

Helwani asked St-Pierre about what it would take to return and he said something would have to surprise him to drag him back into the ring.

“It would need to be a complete 180-degree turnaround,” St-Pierre said of a return. “It would not take me much to be in fight shape, I can still reach that… I just don’t know if I want to get back into it.”

The 38-year-old says he’s enjoyed the relaxation of his post-fight career and he doesn’t miss the stress that comes with preparing for fights.

“Sometimes when I’m in the gym or I watch a fight, sometimes I’m excited and I look at the fight and go, ‘man, I know I can beat these guys,'” St-Pierre said. “But then I wake up in the morning… I don’t want to go back into that stressful lifestyle.”

When submitting content, please abide by our submission guidelines, and avoid posting profanity, personal attacks or harassment. Should you violate our submissions guidelines, we reserve the right to remove your comments and block your account. Sportsnet reserves the right to close a story’s comment section at any time.