GSP: If I lose once, I will immediately retire
Georges St-Pierre is the greatest welterweight in MMA history. At UFC 217 on November 4, he fights UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping. If he wins that, he might be the G.O.A.T. and he has plans beyond that, although he has not detailed them. However, in an interview with Michael Blaustein for the NY Post, GSP said one loss and he is done.
He also discussed in detail the pressure that drove him from the sport in 2013, following a Split Decision win over Johny Hendricks at UFC 167.
“When you’re champion, you feel you’re the center of the world,” he explained. “Even though you’re not, it’s an illusion, because of the pressure, and it’s a pressure that is different than other sport because it’s a surviving pressure, your life is threatened in the real, real deepest way … You can die.”
“When I was fighting at welterweight, every time I finish a fight it was a guy, and another guy. The division was the most stuck. It was crazy, I had killers one after the other boom, boom, boom, and I couldn’t breathe.”
“It’s a different set of rules now, I was fighting against a whole system back in the day. I was very outspoken about the drug problem that we had, people made fun of me, ‘Ahhh, he’s a paranoid guy, he says that as a way to go and retire.’ But look what happened now … a lot of the UFC champions have fall to the performance enhancing drugs, getting caught.”
“If I ever lose, I’m retired, it’s finished for me. I’m one fight away from retirement. I don’t plan on losing but if I do, it’s finished.”
So the pressure is not gone, if anything, it’s higher – one loss and he’s done. And GSP may be the sole remaining major PPV draw, with Brock Lesnar out for PEDs, Jon Jones out for PEDs, Ronda Rousey off the WWE, and Conor McGregor doing whatever he wants to. And once again, GSP is in a ferociously deep division. If he gets past the champ, these are the contenders:
1. Robert Whittaker (Interim Champion)
2. Yoel Romero
3. Luke Rockhold
4. Jacare Souza
5. Chris Weidman
So four years on, the pressure is the same, and the fighters are bigger.