Georges St-Pierre: ‘I Lost the Motivation. I Lost the Fun of It’

July 16, 2014
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Georges St PierreEver since former welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre stepped away from the sport following his UFC 167 title defense against current champion Johny Hendricks, the question has been, will the 33-year-old ever return to fighting?

The Canadian superstar said he needed time to sort out some personal problems in his life, and wasn’t sure if he’d ever compete again.

“I needed this. To be happy, I needed it,” St-Pierre recently told Inside MMA.

“After my first comeback, when I fought [Carlos] Condit, I had a lot of fun. It was a great training camp. After that, not that good. And the last one, not good at all. I lost the motivation. I lost the fun of it. And I think for me, I needed to step out of it. I need to find the fire back, the need. The feeling I want is the need to compete again,” he explained.

Lack of motivation can carry heavy consequences in combat sports. When the person standing across the cage from you has trained specifically to physically damage you, you always have to be on your A game.

“Mixed martial arts isn’t a sport you can have a bad day. It’s not like a race. It’s not like hockey or a football game. If you have a bad day you can get hurt pretty bad,” said the former titleholder.

St-Pierre still believes he’s the best 170-pound fighter on the planet, and if he ever decides to come back it will be to prove that he is.

“I truly believe if I find the fun of doing it again with time, and I find the fire back, I believe I’m the best in the world. If I ever want to come back, it’s going to be to show it. But right now, I’m enjoying my time,” he said.

His sabbatical from fighting hasn’t been just a soul-searching effort to find peace of mind. St-Pierre is also recovering from knee surgery for a torn ACL.

“I had a knee surgery. My knee was already damaged. It’s something that I needed to fix. It was unstable for a long time because I hurt it a long time ago, but I never took care of it. It was just a question of time before it happened. I tore my ACL, and now I’m going to come back with two good knees. My stability will be 100-percent and it’s going to be good. So I can’t wait,” said St-Pierre.

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  • Lawdog1521

    So, beating scrubs like Hardy or Koscheck = Fun.

    Fighting real competition like Hendricks = Not fun

    Got it.

    • TheCerealKiller

      He beat him too. Who hasn’t he beaten? The guy got tired and needed a break. He’ll come back and take his belt at some point, I believe.

      • TRT-rex

        Do you really care if he comes back? Almost forgot who he was till I saw this article!

        • TheCerealKiller

          At only 33 years old, usually considered your prime, yes. Until someone TAKES his belt, I want to see him keep defending it. Anderson had his belt taken, but GSP hasn’t.

          • TRT-rex

            I already forgot about Anderson too. Could careless if either of them fight again. Not because I don’t like them, but because life moves on. Any two fighters can put on a good show, we don’t need to see gsp to be entertained. He doesn’t seem all that into it right now and has nothing to prove. But I guess you want him yo prove he can keep defending his belt right?

          • BasLiverPunch

            No, I want someone to prove he can’t defend his belt. But obvious you’re not interested in who is the GOAT or not. Truefans want to see the a-pex predator dominate the rest of the game. Hendrix put on a good show, but he was fighting a unmotivated beast, and still lost. Anyone who doesn’t long for that rematch whether you believe he won or not, is not a fan.

          • TRT-rex

            I am interested in a rematch. And the GOATS Jon Jones. I just don’t dwell over the past. Why does someone need to prove “he can’t defend” his belt. He already did, then vacated it. Once again he has nothing to prove and obviously no one in UFC now can beat him, so just don’t hold your breath on him coming back. Cause it doesn’t look like it’s happening anytime soon.

          • TrentSki

            You must have missed GSP vs Hendricks

          • TrentSki

            But he should have, due to incompetent judging he kept it

        • ChaosOverkill

          Sure you did

      • brad king

        hah no doubt. His takedowns are just a lil faster than the normal takedowner. GNP could be more brutal but…

      • Raphael Mastro

        Hes gotta come back and finish fights to get that belt. I don’t believe as a challenger with the way he was fighting that he would win that belt back by decision. I can’t wait for his return!

    • Cory

      Because Condits a scrub, right? Along with Hughes, Alves, and Fitch, right?

      Also, Hardy a scrub? You obviously don’t know dick about fighting. Step in there against any of these guys then run your mouth.

      • disqus_lpUWJEivGb

        forgot about penn 2x (in his prime), shields (in his prime), diaz, miller

      • Raphael Mastro

        I liked Hardy a lot. Wish he didn’t have to stop. Ill never forget how long he fought to defend GSP’s arm bar

    • thisguy’sanidiot

      You’re an idiot

      • TrentSki

        And your even more of an idiot

      • greaseygranny

        Snappy comment…

  • brad king

    wow gsp will take back throne with ease when the eye of the tiger strikes him.

    • Guest

      He’s 33 and has had ACL surgeries on both knees. St Pierre is done. He’ll never be as good as he was when he was 27 or 28 and if he comes back he’ll find himself in the middle of the pack and no better. His last fight was a gift decision after a brutal ass whooping. If he’s smart he’ll stay retired.

      • Dragon Kid

        Never say never. After a second & third viewing of the ufc 167 main event I believe GSP slightly edged out the win for his takedowns in the final round, accurate striking in the middle rounds and octagon control overall. Close fight overall which I thought and still think Hendricks won but after more viewings GSP won it.

  • Ikram Choudhary

    If he comes back he will f— up hendricks

  • Ahmaid Ahdoodi

    I fully support GSP’s decision to not fight. The WW division is more exciting now than it’s been for many, many years.

  • greaseygranny

    GSP was fun to watch till Serra kicked his ass. After that, snore city. Great champion and all that, but fan or not a fan, boring as hell to watch at the end of his career. Whomever says otherwise is a GSP fan, not a fight fan…

    • Kris-tyahn

      Dude, I think you’re confused, anyone who says he’s “boring” isn’t a true fight fan, you & others who want to see & “expect” KO’s & blood all the time etc., true fight fans appreciate his skill, the best overall fighter in the UFC. Hands down! He’s not the best in at discipline of MMA, but yet dominated all his opponents at their strength & weaknesses.
      To say he’s boring…. proves you’re just one of those guys who think prison fights, is what MMA should be.

      • greaseygranny

        Is that what it proves my Canadian friend? You don’t know me nor know what I enjoy about the fight game. I said nothing of KO’s & blood. Jackson’s taught him how to hold someone down to win a fight. I don’t pay to see that. Is it impressive that he can hold someone down for five rounds? Sure. Is it something that I wanna pay to see? No. I think he was one of the most horrid fighters in all the UFC. To be quite honest with you, I don’t think he’s a fighter. He’s an athlete. An athlete that fights. That’s what the UFC has turned into. Athletes that come in and dry hump to victory. I understand you’re a fan of GSP. His style of fighting at the end sucked total crap. Go watch all his fights before the Serra debacle. Then watch the ones that came after, haha. Sit here and preach all you want, but I don’t wanna pay money to see men hold each other. That must be a Canadian thing. With him gone (thank baby Jesus) the division is more exciting than it has ever been. His crap was done anyway and he knew it. He would never be able to beat Hendricks. So glad he’s gone. Example, Hendricks vs. Lawler. 2 FIGHTERS using wrestling as defense, not offense. 2 FIGHTERS trying to finish fights. Fun war to watch.
        In truth I think you are the one confused. Maybe stick with the CFL or Ice Hockey my moose riding friend….

        • Raphael Mastro

          Doesn’t Jackson train Cain? I don’t remember him being taught to hold someone down to win a fight. To finish a fight you first have to be in a position too. Ive seen him in positions to finish and he couldn’t and I’ve seen him in positions where he could not.

          • greaseygranny

            No. Jackson doesn’t train Cain.

          • Raphael Mastro

            Your right, i was deff wrong. I don’t know why i was thinking he was or did at some point or another and thats so far from it… I guess its been one of those weeks lol

  • Canadians are Boring

    He’s so boring (typical Canadian) he must have bored himself to death.

  • TrentSki

    Agreed, I think he lost the desire to fight a long time ago. He stopped going for the finish, even when his opponents were hurt

    • Raphael Mastro

      I wonder how long his ACL was torn for. I know as an athlete I had less fun competing when I wasn’t at 100%. I like going all out but if i would start to lose my motivation to compete. I dunno, just a thought.

  • blob

    I lost the motivation to sit trough his snooze fests a long time ago. Good riddance.