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 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!