Rousey, Silva comment GSP's decision to take hiatus

 

Anderson Silva has been fighting in the UFC since 2006 and as a professional since 1997, so he likely understands Georges St-Pierre's recent decision to take a hiatus from the sport. Silva commented on the situation to MMAFighting:

"I think that everyone knows their right timing and the moment they're living," Silva said in a Tuesday media teleconference. "You have to respect Georges St-Pierre for everything he's done in the sport. If he feels like this is the correct time, we have to respect him. Everyone knows their time they have to retire or take a moment to step away, so, you gotta respect it."

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UFC women's champion Ronda Rousey has only been fighting professionally since 2011, but has been a professional athlete much longer and she also respects the decision St-Pierre made:

"Georges had just passed the record for most time ever spent in the Octagon," Rousey said. "He just broke the record. No one spent as much time as him ever in the Octagon before, so can you really blame him for really feeling like he was done? No one reached that point yet. I don't think it's reasonable to expect him to do more. If he wants to do more, awesome, go for it. But if he expects him to be done, he's done, that's fine. Go rest. You deserve it. You don't have to risk your life for anyone."

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alley site profile image  

12/17/13 10:45 PM by alley

GSP has the most wins in the octagon (19 wins), and probably more importantly he has the most wins in the longer-lasting UFC title fights (12 title fight wins).You remind me a bit of Shania Twain.

WithoutSpoilersdotCom site profile image  

12/17/13 10:09 PM by WithoutSpoilersdotCom

everybody is different. gsp is just done

thatcpjguy site profile image  

12/17/13 9:38 PM by thatcpjguy

They have to correlate somewhat. A decision, especially a championship one, means he spent the maximum amount of time in the octagon that he possibly could've for that fight.I haven't looked at the list but it would make sense to compare octagon times between GSP and Anderson silva. I would Also be interested in the times between a perceived finisher like chuck Liddell and GSP too.I guess to really figure things out you would need to find a base average for a typical fight between two UFC fighters and then see if George's average octagon fight time is higher or lower than that average.

Vindell site profile image  

12/17/13 6:11 PM by Vindell

Well I am sure GSP will feel much more comfortable taking time off knowing that Ronda thinks it is fine that he is doing it and that she thinks he is bad for the sport.

TheHaunted2 site profile image  

12/17/13 5:51 PM by TheHaunted2

Es normal guys

Malvert the Janitor site profile image  

12/17/13 5:47 PM by Malvert the Janitor

BJ will reclaim that from record for GSP! Temporarily! Not quite the revenge for UFC 94 but fuck it, I'll take it!

KnowKontrol site profile image  

12/17/13 4:56 PM by KnowKontrol

Fair enough. BJ is special tho. So no fair using BJ logic.

Pitbull3744 site profile image  

12/17/13 4:55 PM by Pitbull3744

Got to say I love what Rousey said here. Finally a legit response.

MattyECB site profile image  

12/17/13 4:49 PM by MattyECB

Also not even sure that's what caused his retirement, assuming there is a physical basis as well as his mental issues...I mean if something really wore down GSP, it's probably the training. It's the same thing they warned about those Chute Boxe guys KOing each other left and right in the gym -- the training is what really erodes the chin and causes brain damage. Now GSP's training regiment was way less insane on the sparring and I don't think his issue was chin/brain-damage, but if GSP has been even remotely honest in interviews and books, then the dude has a psycho 7-day-a-week regiment where he's constantly wrestling and cross training with other high intensity athletic programs. I mean there's probably a reason that the man with the most time in the Octagon ever, over the span of a 22 fight UFC career, has eaten half of ALL his shots in three fights -- the last three post-knee-injury. He wore down, valiantly fought back from injury, and now needs some time off. It might be all mental, but I suspect he's also got some wear and tear after over a decade of fighting and may not be returning

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12/17/13 4:46 PM by MattyECB

And right under him is Ortiz who maintained an over 75% finish rate by the time he left the octagon IIRC...Time in octagon means just that, time in the octagon. Doesn't necessarily correlate to a poor finish rate. More time also means more wars... As much as I enjoy a quick KO, it's only the wars I love -- thinking Edgar-Maynard, Silva-Sonnen, Jones-Gustaffson, Hunt-Silva...etcIt's a stat of its own.