When Georges St-Pierre announced that he was taking an indefinite leave of absence, vacating the UFC welterweight title, and coming back maybe later maybe tonever, the response on Twitter was massive and immediate.
UFC 360 Magazine @UFC360
"I chose to do this sport and now I choose not too. Mentally, it's a lot of pressure. No one can understand it but me." - @GeorgesStPierre
Vitor Belfort @vitorbelfort
@GeorgesStPierre I admire you posture. You are a true champion I will miss your fights . go enjoy life u deserve champ
Julie Kedzie @julesk_fighter
Thank you @GeorgesStPierre for being an amazing competitor and champion. Much respect and love. Good luck to you in our future endeavors!
Brendan Schaub @BrendanSchaub
GSP is my hero and always will be. Happy for him. Get some sleep my friend! #bestever
Kenny Florian @kennyflorian
Spoke with #GSP & I couldn't be happier for him. He's in a great place right now. Hasn't slept this well in several years. Enjoy my friend!
Felice Herrig @feliceherrig
People need to lay off of GSP. He's been a great champion but he's also human. If he needs time away that's his right. I hope he finds peace
Ben Askren @Benaskren
•Sounds like GSP is hanging up the gloves. I say the UFC: Ultimate Fighting Championship hosts an old school 8 person Grand Prix for the new welterweight champion and #2 WW in the world behind me.
•WHAT!!!!! Lawler for the title, he is 4-3 in his last 7. Condit got screwed on this deal.
Martijn de Jong @martijn_dej
GSP showed his peers how to be champ, then how to step away.. Great call champ!
Loretta Hunt @lorettahuntmma
I'm happy for GSP and applaud him for doing what he believes is right for him. The man needs a break. He's earned it.
Chatri Sityodtong @YODCHATRI
I predict GSP will be back. It is one thing to quit when you are happy and content. It is another thing to quit when you have problems.
Nick the Tooth @nickthetooth
The Champ steps down || on his own terms || when was the last time we saw this? || #respect #gsp
Mike Goldberg @MFG16
@GeorgesStPierre won more fights than anyone in UFC History...he epitomizes champion...thank you for the honor of calling your fights!
Joe Rogan @joerogan
•Much respect for @GeorgesStPierre for having the awareness and the courage to step away from fighting. It was an honor calling your fights.
•A fighter can't retire too soon, but they can certainly retire too late. GSP is a very smart man, and I hope many learn from his example.
•One of the reasons great fights are so amazing to watch is that every fighter's time is limited. A brief moment in time to attempt greatness
•GSP achieved not just championship level performances, but he set the benchmark for future UFC athletes to attempt to surpass.
In regards to GSP, I get it. Leave him alone.
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