UFC legend Georges St-Pierre officially announces retirement from MMA.
Speaking in French initially, St-Pierre addressed the assembled media at the Bell Centre, announcing his retirement and thanking his team, coaches, and training partners that have helped him along the way.
“There’s no tears. I’m very happy to do it,” St-Pierre said in English after. “It was a long process in my mind, but it’s time to do it. I always said I want to retire on my own, and not to be told to retire. It takes discipline to retire on top.”
GSP campaigned and negotiated to get a bout with current lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, but said it just didn’t work out despite both fighters wanting to make it happen.
“It takes three people to make a fight. The two fighters and the organization,” he said. “It just didn’t happen. I wish Khabib the best of luck. I’m a big fan and I think he’s the best fighter right now.”