Mentor: GSP should retire in the cage Saturday night, and might

 

Canadian MMA pioneer Kristof Midoux took Georges St-Pierre under his wing when the UFC welterweight champion was only 16, and has served as a mentor since. In a GSP-exhorte-a-se-retirer.php" target="_blank">long interview with La Presse, Midoux says he hopes GSP retires in the ring Saturday night following the fight with Johny Hendricks, and thinks that he might.

“Me, I told him 'after this one, it’s over! Shine on that night. Finish that dude in front of everyone. Shut your detractors up. If you finish that guy, if you knock him out, then you’ll be free, you’ll be happy to take the microphone and to say that you’re done. To say that you are giving your place to others,'" said Midoux.

“I told him 'finish well, Georges, and have the courage to take the microphone and to thank everyone.' Those who won’t understand are those who have nothing to understand. They’re selfish. It’s time for him to think about himself. It’s the greatest gift he can give to himself. He could take advantage of what life has to offer and start a family."

Is there a chance that St-Pierre will take his advice and give his farewell on Saturday in the middle of the Octagon? 

Midoux says “yes.”

“Personally, I’d love for it to happen like that," said Midoux. "I’d really like for him not to make the same mistake that so many fighters have made. I wouldn’t want him to go on until he’s 35 years old. He has plans.

“I told him to be selfish. It’s not true that you can have a family and children and remain at the highest level of the sport. He took my advice. If Georges really wants to start a family, he’ll have to do it after his career. At 32 years old, the time is right for him to do that. People want to see him in the cage until he’s 40, but at 40, he’ll be a has-been with no wife and no kids."

On top of starting a family, Midoux explains that St-Pierre would like to open a martial arts school. 

“He talked about it the other day," said Midoux. "I told him to focus on Hendricks and that we’d talk about it after the fight."

St-Pierre appears to have many plans - a family, a school.  However, according to Midoux, he’d have another reason to announce his retirement on Saturday evening -  to leave his place to his friend and training partner Rory MacDonald.

“Rory has the ability to become a champion," said Midoux. "Rory will never want to fight Georges because they’re friends. So I told Georges, 'out of respect, don’t keep that guy from climbing the ranks. You’ve had your career.'

“Shake his hand on Saturday evening and yield your place to him. You don’t need this to life.  Pass the torch to the next generation. Help Rory become a champion to show that Canadians dominate this weight class. It would be intelligent. It would be generous and Georges is generous.”



What do you think UG? How would you feel if George St-Pierre retires Saturday night?

Big thanks to UGers Qannebiss and Card for putting this together!

 

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TOAO site profile image  

11/12/13 3:38 PM by TOAO

Roy want get that close to the belt anyways. Hendricks would kill rory. So would Lombard and others.

TOAO site profile image  

11/12/13 3:38 PM by TOAO

*Won't

Sprawl'n'Stall site profile image  

11/12/13 2:53 PM by Sprawl'n'Stall

Agreed! In ALL sports, you have very successful athletes with families!But I do think it's nice for GSP to have a mentor like Midoux and a coach like Zahabi. I mean these two dudes probably make a lot more $$$ if GSP keeps fighting yet they really do seem to have his best interest at heart, which is great!

r_o_y site profile image  

11/12/13 2:08 PM by r_o_y

Why stay in that long and risk more damage? If he can get out and live the rest of his life pursuing whatever he wants happy and healthy than why not?

kevsh site profile image  

11/12/13 1:20 PM by kevsh

Understatement of the Day:GSP retiring won't help the UFC's sagging ratings.For those of you that hate on GSP, even hoping he does retire, may want to keep that in mind.

BrattMamley site profile image  

11/12/13 12:56 PM by BrattMamley

:(

Labrador site profile image  

11/12/13 12:48 PM by Labrador

You can't really argue with Georges' success, but if all I had to go on was this interview I wouldn't want this guy's mentorship...“I told him to be selfish. It’s not true that you can have a family and children and remain at the highest level of the sport..."“People want to see him in the cage until he’s 40, but at 40, he’ll be a has-been with no wife and no kids,” states the mentor. “Rory has the ability to become a champion. Rory will never want to fight Georges because they’re friends,” explained Kristof Midoux. “So I told Georges: out of respect, don’t keep that guy from climbing the ranks. You’ve had your career.”I mean, damn, doesn't seem cool.

Zed Wayne Zed site profile image  

11/12/13 11:59 AM by Zed Wayne Zed

Is the man who escorted GSP to the ring versus Nick Diaz, who looked like a biker from La Belle Province? If so, that guy was way scarier than the Norcal crew.

RedDragonUK site profile image  

11/12/13 11:47 AM by RedDragonUK

Also WTF?Rory has to earn the damn belt!