MENU
#Conor McGregor #Cris Cyborg #UFC 211 #Bellator 179 #Nate Diaz #Angela Magana #Rory MacDonald #Paul Daley #UFC 202 #Jon Jones #Dhiego Lima


georges-st-pierre-167press-640

Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre is content with his decision to leave active competition and his championship belt behind, at least for the time being.

St-Pierre (25-2 MMA, 19-2 UFC), who over the weekend made his first public appearances since hanging up his gloves for an undetermined amount of time, says he’s enjoying his time away from the sport and has no regrets about his monumental career decision.

“I needed to take some time off to relax, to feel better and to have fun to do it again if I ever wanted to come back,” St-Pierre told the Ottawa Sun. “When you do something for a long time, you have a lot of pressure. People don’t realize how much pressure I have. It’s a lot of expectations.”

Since vacating the UFC belt he held for nearly six years this past December, St-Pierre has stayed away from the media and flown under the radar.

The French-Canadian’s removal from the spotlight was entirely intentional, and St-Pierre says given the time of the year it was the best thing for him, as he was provided with the rare opportunity to spend the holidays with family.

“I spent Christmas time and New Year’s with my family,” St-Pierre said. “That’s something I haven’t done for a long time. This is the first time I’ve really had nothing on my schedule. It was perfect. It was fun. It’s the first time I felt so good.

“I’m 32 years old and this is the first time I have Christmas with my family. I spent some time, but I never really had free time, total free time like I did. It was time for me to do it. I’m very happy I did it and I don’t regret any of it.”

St-Pierre went into his self-imposed hiatus from the sport following a split decision win over Johny Hendricks at UFC 158. The victory that marked his ninth consecutive 170-pound title defense and 19th UFC win overall, more than any other fighter in organizational history.

“Rush” has accomplished more than a majority of fighters ever will, but even with his lofty resume, St-Pierre refuses to rule out a return to the octagon. Although that likely wouldn’t happen until he first completes other goals outside of fighting.

“Because I’m an obsessive guy, I give myself a challenge which automatically will mean me working on it to obtain it,” St-Pierre said. “So right now I take a break. I don’t give myself any preference, you know? There is a chance I will come back.

“Christmas was incredible and now for 2014 we’ll see what’s going to happen. I have some projects in mind. I can’t talk about it, unfortunately.”

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

(Pictured: Georges St-Pierre)

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Eliminated Eddie Gordon enjoyed 'TUF 25: Redemption' more than the season he won

  • 26 days ago
  • 9 views

Eddie Gordon won’t be the first two-time winner in the history of “The Ultimate Fighter” after being eliminated in his opening-round fight of the reality series’ 25th season. However, he said he’s co read news >>

Future champ? McGregor adds new member to family

  • 15 days ago
  • 4 views

On Sunday, UFC champ Conor McGregor and longtime girlfriend Dee Devlin welcomed a new member to their family, Conor McGregor Jr. It didn’t take long for the champ to send out a challenge: Look out fo read news >>

Fighters react to controversial no-contest between Dustin Poirier, Eddie Alvarez at UFC 211

  • 9 days ago
  • 72 views

The state-to-state rule changes in MMA created another issue in a key fight on Saturday when the UFC 211 contest between Dustin Poirier and Eddie Alvarez ended prematurely due to an illegal knee.File read news >>

UFC 211: Eddie Alvarez vs. Dustin Poirier no-contest after another grounded fighter rule controversy

  • 9 days ago
  • 424 views

DALLAS – As expected, it didn’t take long for things to get a little crazy between Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

After UFC 211 win, Jason Knight got confirmation from opponent: 'You broke my arm'

  • 8 days ago
  • 57 views

You won’t find a bigger believer in Chas Skelly’s talent and toughness than his recent UFC 211 opponent, Jason Knight.Filed under: Featured Videos, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Zak Ottow replaces Warlley Alves to take on Kiichi Kunimoto at UFC Fight Night 110

  • 4 days ago
  • 3 views

The UFC announced tonight that Warlley Alves won’t compete at UFC Fight Night 100 because of an undisclosed injury. He’s been replaced by Zak Ottow, who will face Kiichi Kunimoto in a welterweight bo read news >>

What size disadvantage? UFC Fight Night 108 winner Danielle Taylor plans on being champ

  • 28 days ago
  • 8 views

NASHVILLE – Danielle Taylor said size won’t be a stumbling block as she pursues her goal of eventually becoming UFC strawweight champion.Filed under: Featured Videos, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Al Iaquinta Rips into UFC and Dana White | MMAWeekly.com

  • 28 days ago
  • 63 views

Al Iaquinta hadn't fought for two years until recently because he was disgruntled. He is now more upset with Dana White and the UFC than ever. read news >>

Chas Skelly on Jason Knight scrap: 'There's only room for one redneck in this 145-pound UFC trailer park'

  • 28 days ago
  • 10 views

Set to face Jason Knight at UFC 211, featherweight Chas Skelly couldn’t be happier with the chance to count on massive presence from his hometown of Azle, Texas, at the Dallas card.Filed under: News, read news >>

Cage Captions: UFC Fight Night Nashville | FIGHTLAND

  • 28 days ago
  • 2 views

Based on hundreds of painstaking hours of research and data, Cage Captions combines statistics gathered from virtually every UFC fight along with as many walkout songs as humanly possible. read news >>