Reports of UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre’s pending retirement are greatly exaggerated.
Or so his trainer, Firas Zahabi told UFC Tonight.
Zahabi recently did an interview in French, and many in the MMA world took the translation out of context, crediting the trainer with saying that if St-Pierre couldn’t find motivation for training that he would retire. The insinuation was that St-Pierre didn’t have the fire to train like he felt necessary to remain competitive, so that he would be done following his fight with Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 in November.
Zahabi did indeed say, and St-Pierre himself has often said, that if the desire to train was not there, if he lost his drive, then it would indeed be best if he hung up his gloves.
The trainer, however, did not say that St-Pierre currently finds himself in that situation. If fact, it’s just the opposite.
Zahabi told UFC Tonight reporter Ariel Helwani that this has been St-Pierre’s best camp in years, he is 100-percent focused on Hendricks, and he is not at all talking about any sort of exit strategy following the fight.