Georges St-Pierre Trainer Taken Out of Context, Says the UFC Champ is Not Retiring

October 16, 2013
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Georges St-Pierre 4336 UFC 94-478x270Reports 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.

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  • Stephen

    Seeing as how Hendricks is going to be the champ after the fight, it’s a moot point.

    • nick

      hendricks has neither the conditioning nor the skill to pose any kind of threat to george. A lucky punch is the only way he takes the strap.

    • Hugh Shakeshaft

      puncher’s chance. He would have lost to Condit had it gone 5 rounds.

      • Jake

        But it wasn’t a headliner or a title fight so why would it. That’s like saying a hockey team could have won if there were five periods. Yeah sure condit could have won two more rounds against Johnny. But those weren’t the conditions of the fight. Johnny now… Who knows how much conditioning he’s gained. Gsp, best camp in years, that just means they wanna sound confident coming in. GSp could be losing conditioning at the same time Johnny is gaining it. I think Johnny has more than a punchers chance. He is more explosive on and from the ground than nick was in gsps last fight. Johnny will be harder to control for five like gsp loves to do.

        • Hugh Shakeshaft

          I am eager to see how GSP handles a wrestler of Big Rig’s pedigree. This will be something new for GSP.

  • Gary Gilbert

    Agree with Nick. Hendricks has a punchers chance but that’s it.

  • Nurgle09

    GSP hasn’t been the same since he tapped to strikes from Serra like a b*tch.

    He’s a safe fighter who admitted to not liking to get hit and that he does not take chances for not wanting to get hit.
    All he does is take people down, he is boring and predictable.

    Hendricks will win because of his wrestling and punching power. He will make GSP quit

    • Hugh Shakeshaft

      He won’t fight Condit again, which means he’ll have to retire soon.

    • Wow one of the worst comments ever. GSP’s biggest loss is to Serra. God forbid the guy lose a fight early in his career and get tko’d by a known power puncher. For a guy being a “bitch” he sure has done a great job since that fight and having the balls to take on animals like Thiago Alves, Jon Fitch, BJ Penn and Carlos Condit.

      Of course he’s a safe fighter, he’s an intelligent martial artist not a brawler who’s going to trade shots with the best fighters in the world. Should he let guys hit him for your entertainment?

      I am a Hendricks fan because he is tough and puts his time in but lets be real. Hendricks is not even a boxer. He’s a great wrestler with KO power but he’s not a kickboxer let a lone good with his hands. To beat GSP you have to have a similar style with footwork, wrestling and kickboxing. Johny has won 5 out 10 fights with strikes. I say GSP has a pretty good chance of keeping his title.

      • Fern

        Beautifully said. Further more GSP may not have heavy hands, but he trains in technical boxing and footwork greatly over the years, plus his karate background also allows him to stick and move exceptionally well. In this game of knockouts we often forget how important footwork is. It makes the difference between being caught or not.
        GSP also has a habit of respecting his opponents strengths so much as to completely avoid their game. This is an excellent tactic that has provided him with so much success.
        He will do the same with hendricks. He will stick his jab out there and probably immediately move away from Hendricks big left. He will do this enough times to set up a take down or his predictable yet very successful overhand right.

        • Indeed. It will be a good fight but GSP has more then a punchers chance to take this one. As much as I like Hendricks I’d like to see GSP stop him just to shut certain fans up.

      • Hugh Shakeshaft

        GSP may actually keep this one standing up. Maybe I’m just dreaming.

        • I can see him doing that. Hendricks is an accomplished wrestler but GSP has out wrestled every outstanding wrestler he’s faced but in this case he may not want to waste the energy or take the chance of getting to close to Johny. I think Hendricks cuts way to much weight and has a short reach.

    • TheCerealKiller

      I don’t know how you bash a guy that is on every pound for pound list in the top three? I don’t even do that.

  • Darnell

    For no more often than GSP fights he seems to be retired . GSP by KO over Hendricks $$$$$$$$

  • Fern

    To me this fight is as likely to end in an upset as silva vs weidman was. Meaning, its very unlikely.
    GSP is a much more carefull fighter and he probably won’t be clowning around and get caught. He will do what he do as always, win a boring 5 round decision. but thats okay, still love yah G, lol.