Ronda Rousey backs Georges St-Pierre's UFC hiatus: 'He doesn't have to risk his life for anyone'

Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sp

Ronda Rousey is backing Georges St-Pierre's decision to step away from MMA for a while, because she says no one can expect him to do more than what he's already done for the sport.

Georges St-Pierre's decision to take a break from fighting following his win over Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 to get his personal life back on track was met with relatively positive vibes from the mixed martial arts (MMA) community.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Women's Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey also seemed to back "GSP's" decision to take a break from the rigors of being an international superstar who constantly has a spotlight following him.

Something I'm sure "Rowdy" can relate to.

As far as the Judoka is concerned, no one deserves a break more than "Rush," the man who has spent more time than any other fighter spilling blood, sweat and tears inside the Octagon.

Rousey gave her take during Tuesday's (Dec. 17, 2013) UFC 168 conference call:

"We're not really doing a nine to five, but at the same time, it's difficult. If you fight for a living, you're fighting for your life. Every time you go in there it's a stressful situation if you think about it. The worse thing that can happen in your day isn't that someone will get your latte wrong or that you'll get fired; it's that you can really get physically harmed. Not just that, but your pride can get irreparably harmed, as well. That's a lot of stress to face time and time again. It's so much that you really have to have a real love and desire for what you do. You can't really fight and put your life on the line for anyone other than yourself. Every time a new fight comes along, you have to ask yourself if you still want that. Georges just passed the record for the most time ever spent in the Octagon; like actual time. So, you know, he just broke a record, no one else has spent that much time in the Octagon before. Can you really blame him for feeling like he was done? No one else had reached that point yet. I don't think it's reasonable to expect him to do more. If he wanted to do more, that's awesome, break that record even more. But if he feels like he's done, then, that's fine, man, be done and go rest. He deserved it. You don't have to risk your life for anyone."

The support is a far cry from the initial thoughts "Rowdy" had of St-Pierre last year.

Rousey agreed with bitter rival Miesha Tate that "GSP" was "ignorant" for his reluctance to watch two women fight. But after seeing Rousey's performance against Liz Carmouche at UFC 157, "Rush" had a change of heart.

In the end, the two dominant champions kissed hugged and made up during a recent "UFC World Tour" where they were on together promoting their respective championship fights.

Are there any Maniacs out there that don't share Rousey's sentiments?

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