Georges St-Pierre Feels Healthier Than Ever Since Vacating His UFC Championship

March 15, 2014
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Georges St-Pierre UFC World TourFormer UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre sent shockwaves throughout the sports world when he unexpectedly walked away from fighting following his ninth consecutive title defense at UFC 167 on Nov. 16, 2013. He later revealed that Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder played a role in his decision.

It’s been four months since “Rush” exited the octagon after making the announcement, and the 32-year-old says he’s healthier and happier than ever.

“I actually feel more healthy than I’ve ever felt before. The stress of the competition was eating me alive,” said St-Pierre during a recent trip to Brazil. “I even gained like three kilos of muscles mass. I feel great. I feel good.”

For St-Pierre, his reasoning for stepping away stemmed much more from the mental side of things than the physical. He didn’t just need to rest his body, he needed to recoup his sanity.

“I don’t want to have to need a psychologist or help to keep me on the right track,” he said during an interview with TSN’s Off the Record (watch the video here). “The stress [of being champion] was eating me alive.

“When you are a champion, you’re always a target. There is always another guy [gunning for you].”

Now, with those pressures alleviated, St-Pierre still remains in the public eye – he has a starring role in the upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier movie – but he’s appeared much more relaxed than during his years-long stint atop the UFC welterweight division.

Whether or not it’s enough to inspire St-Pierre to return to fighting remains up in the air.

“Who knows? Maybe in time I’ll get bored and I’ll want to come back. We’ll see what’s going to happen,” he said. “Right now, I’m pretty happy. I have a healthier lifestyle. I feel very good right now.”

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  • uncle

    GSP is a class act and might be the smartest fighter in
    the UFC

  • Dan DeRizzo

    A True CLASS ACT….U helped Make The UFC what it is today..Live, Love and be happy CHAMP.

  • gspisntthechamp

    gsp is a jackass enough said. he got beat and then quit plain and simple.

    • uwot?

      ugh. such a weak attempt at being a troll.

      • blob

        Not a troll, the truth. GSP started complaining about the UFC after he lost. He’s a sore loser.

        • uwot?

          but he didn’t lose.. he won by split decision.

          • Dragon Kid

            Nobody else felt he won, maybe other than Dave meltzer

          • uwot?

            well obviously 2 judges thought he won. i also thought he did so theres 3 people. and im guessing there were a few more maybe? but thats only wild guess so dont hold it against me

          • Dragon Kid

            Judges are corrupted nowadays like they’re in boxing. You should know that.

          • uwot?

            so everytime a decision goes a way you dont agree with, its automatic corruption?

          • Dragon Kid

            It’s common sense buddy, not what I agree or disagree with and u know it.

    • natpaukar7

      I honestly think it was just a bad coincidence

  • Obi-Wan Granoli

    good for him.

  • Seth

    Well…he isnt punched to the face on daily basis now, so yeah – I guess that could make miracles when it comes to health.

  • TheCerealKiller

    I’ve said it before, I think he will come back in a year at 185lbs. He even said in the interview that he put on 6lbs of muscle. I would bet we see the signing of GSP/Silva at 185 set for mid 2015.

  • Brent

    Wow! It’s easy to bash a classy guy that propelled the sport and was a true champion. Isn’t it? If you know anything about anxiety or ocd, you’ll know that it is brutal on a person’s mentality and psyche. Good for GSP. He’s a person before a fighter.

    • Chris Marshall

      …name a fighter you see around ladies all the time. Name just one. Excluding ring girls.
      Im not saying he is or isnt straight, just that your logic is flawed.