What is GSP going to announce on Friday?


UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre will speak on Friday as part of a media-attended corporate function in his native Montreal, Quebec. He intends to make an announcement there about his future. The nature of that future is unknown, and could reasonably range from retirement to an announcement that he wants an immediate rematch with Johny Hendricks.

So which is it likely to be? What are the odds it is retirement?

His trainer Firas Zahabi threw a number last week.

"I don't know. It's 50/50 and I don't think he knows either," said the Tristar head trainer. "I think if he ends it this way, it was good. He ended up with Fight of the Night. An incredible seesaw battle. He showed heart, he showed guts, he showed he's a fighter."

"He has 22 fights in the UFC, alone. That's a lot of training camps. That's a lot of years of sacrifice. He can't go out. He can't do this. He can't have a wife and kids. He can't have a steady girlfriend. He can't have anything normal in his life. He's living a very unbalanced life. How long does he want to do that for? He's 32. When is he going to start living his life? At 40?"

The announcement will be made at an unlikely venue - a skating rink at a Quebec City mall. It was a previously scheduled appearance, with the fighter slated to meet fans and sponsors.

UFC president Dana White said the two have a meeting on Thursday, so whatever it is, GSP presumably wanted his boss to know first.

"I don't think that he's going to retire," said White. "But I do know that he wants some time off, which is an issue -- he just had over a year off for his ACL surgery."

What do you think he is going to announce?

The news was broken by the French language Montreal Journal.

The mixed martial arts fighter Georges St-Pierre is expected to reveal his intentions regarding his future on Friday.

The 32-year-old will meet with the media in Quebec at a press conference, his agent told TVA Sports, and will announce what is coming for him in the coming months.

Retirement? Resume training in a not so distant future? The options are many.

On November 16, after his controversial win face Johny Hendricks, St-Pierre said he was hanging up his gloves "at least for a moment."

Since then, several rumors have circulated about Quebeces, but he said that everything was fine. He took a vacation and has recently taught BJJ at Tristar Gym.

Read entire article... (original French)

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JohnnyB1 site profile image  

12/11/13 6:16 PM by JohnnyB1

I hope not. I wanna see a rematch with Hendricks.

disbeliever site profile image  

12/11/13 4:06 PM by disbeliever

If that's true lol LOL at people getting so hyped over this

sacredhate site profile image  

12/11/13 4:00 PM by sacredhate

Dana said it was some mall opening in Quebec where he was scheduled to be there since months ago and that he was scheduled to speak to the media....not that GSP called a press conference.

Porkchop site profile image  

12/11/13 3:46 PM by Porkchop

yeah 4 of the top 10 he has beaten and one of them is Rory who won't be fighting him.The other 5 are either likely not to remain in the top 10 for long or are new to the UFC.Brown (never beaten any of the guys in the top 10), Kampmann and Maia are likely to get bumped out of the top 10 to make room for Wooley, Lombard, and Marquardt (all new to the UFC WW division).Of the other 5, the only two I see remaining in the top 10 are Lawler and Ellenberger. Either of them may or may not ever get to the #1 contender spot.

disbeliever site profile image  

12/11/13 12:37 PM by disbeliever

It's his press conference, not the UFC, so I am thinking retirement.

undisputed1972 site profile image  

12/11/13 12:23 PM by undisputed1972

I'd like to see Georges retire now and hope that's what he announces. Dana White would love him to rematch Hendricks, then fight Lawler or Lombard. I fear though that he'll be severely damaged or even dead if that is the path he decides. I'm not a fan of the gay agenda but I'd rather GSP announce that he's a homo who's got his boyfriend pregnant than to say that he'll continue with his career.

Stephen Holder site profile image  

12/11/13 12:07 PM by Stephen Holder

lol lots of ironing in this post, especially with your handleMy only connection to any of my favorite fighters is that I enjoy watching them fight. I dont know any of them personally or pretend to. I like to assume that some of the better fighters have decent human qualities too but how do I know? Maybe irl theyre total pricks? I dont put a fighter's person before all else. Its the type of fighter they are that concerns me. So yeah naturally when one of them announces retirement, selfishly I want them to reconsider. I'd think that any fighter would consider it a huge compliment knowing that their fans like their work and would prefer for them to keep their careers going. Gay and hero-worshipy would probably best describe what GSP fans do when they get all big brother overprotective and insist that he immediately quit fighting. So god damn weird. Fighting is something you absolutely have to have a passion for if you are going to do it at all, I agree. That wouldnt stop me from wishing my favorite fighter would keep entertaining me. Look at what Fedor fans do on this site. Every day, years past his retirement people are still making threads about theoretical fights or imaginary fights he could have right now. Even if it makes sense for their health, my desire to watch them fight still continues. I'm not holding a gun to their head and saying they gotta do it but fuck if I'm not gonna miss Anderson or BJ or Diaz when they officially hang it up for good. If I was a fan of GSP's fights, I'd be bummin but the typical GSP fan is so consumed with GSP related thoughts that are beyond the octagon so I guess its not of much concern to them. I hope he sticks around so Hendricks can get his rematch but if he bounces, hopefully the weird fan culture that surrounds the guy ends too.

JoeDavolasRoundhouseKick site profile image  

12/11/13 3:44 AM by JoeDavolasRoundhouseKick

He's switching to Geico.

WoodenPupa site profile image  

12/11/13 1:44 AM by WoodenPupa

I doubt he would have a press conference to announce the continuance of his career, in the open-ended sense. But it would make sense to announce one more fight as his last, and that's not out of the realm.

easedel site profile image  

12/10/13 11:19 PM by easedel

I hope he retires. Just for his health & family. He is the goat IMHO, has been fighting championship fights for how long now? Has been a complete class act for Zuffa ( even though White tossed his ass under the bus ) He has nothing to prove. A move up in weight is just to appease others.Retire with your health while you still have it and start a new life. All while being the model professional that other fighters should strive for.