Georges St-Pierre is a man who doesn't have anything left to prove in mixed martial arts (MMA) or more specifically, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). As the UFC welterweight champion, he's looking to defend his belt for a record ninth straight time when he enters the cage on Saturday night (Nov. 16, 2013) against Johny Hendricks at UFC 167.
With his legacy as the greatest Welterweight champion secured and having earned more than enough money to live on for the rest of his life, St-Pierre no longer has the "need" to keep fighting. And entering the week leading up to tonight's event, there have been rumblings from TEAM GSP that this could be the last time he enters the cage.
MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani had a chance to speak with St-Pierre at Friday's weigh ins to find out if UFC 167 will be his last hurrah. St-Pierre wouldn't commit one way or another, but judging by his answer, he is beginning to entertain the idea of retirement.
I don't know when I'm going to retire. Could be tomorrow. Could be one week. Could be ten years. Could be in five years. I don't know. I take it one fight at a time but I love what I do. I don't plan this thing. I mean, I'm not planning my next fight so I'm not planning my retirement yet.
Hahahaha, I didn't say that [tomorrow will be my final fight], you said that for me. I didn't say that. I'm planning for the fight tomorrow. That's all that's in my head.
If this is the last time St-Pierre enters the Octagon, it's a helluva way to retire. He's been the face of the promotion since 2007 and is the biggest pay-per-view (PPV) draw in the sport. To walk away on such a special night with the UFC celebrating its 20th anniversary, there's few better opportunities to hang up the gloves.
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