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.”


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