Georges St-Pierre retired from mixed martial arts officially today, leaving behind a legacy that is hard to match when looking at the all-time greats in UFC history.
One of the greatest MMA fighters has decided to retire for a second time. Former UFC welterweight and middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre has called it a career. And a great one it was. There will always be a debate on who the MMA GOAT is, however, Georges St-Pierre should always be on the top of that list.
This is a sad day for MMA and fans of GSP. He is beloved inside the cage for his accomplishments and out of it for his personality and love of mixed martial arts. Georges St-Pierre is a true gentleman of the sport and if this is indeed a final farewell, au revoir mon ami.
Twitter Reactions to GSP’s Retirement
Au Revoir Mon Ami
I’m announcing my retirement from the UFC and mixed martial arts competition. I intend to keep training and practicing martial arts for as long as I live, but now is the time that I chose to end my career as a professional MMA athlete. Read my official statement in the images. pic.twitter.com/uMP0LE5XeF
— Georges St-Pierre (@GeorgesStPierre) February 21, 2019
Some Great Highlights From GSP’s Storied Career
— Dana White (@danawhite) February 21, 2019
GSP – A True Inspiration
Thank you for everything you’ve done for our sport @GeorgesStPierre you’re a role model of a champ and a big inspiration for me. Enjoy you retirement.
— Rafael dos Anjos (@RdosAnjosMMA) February 21, 2019
Kind of Feels Like We were Robbed of a Great Fight
Now look at this video and you’ll understand why I wanted to fight with him, simply he’s one of the best оf all times. I just wanted to share cage with him while he’s active, that’s the… https://t.co/aYQf9mXKAY
— khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) February 21, 2019
No Bias Here, But They Ain’t Wrong
Le meilleur de tous les temps, à nos yeux. Félicitations @GeorgesStPierre pour une carrière légendaire.
The 🐐! Congrats to GSP on a legendary career. pic.twitter.com/t3MYM4TV5y
— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) February 21, 2019
This is Why Georges St-Pierre is Loved So Dearly
Members of GSP’s team told me that he made a point to personally call every person who played a part in his career. Even those who he had not talked to for a while. They said he was on the phone for hours. It was his idea.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) February 21, 2019
ESPN MMA Helps Us Remember a Classic This is Sportscenter Commercial Featuring GSP
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) February 21, 2019
Even Nick Diaz had Something Nice to Say About GSP’s Retirement
Nick Diaz on Georges St-Pierre retiring from MMA:
"Congrats. Nice to see someone leave well alone for once."
(via his Instagram story) pic.twitter.com/w02gTAOEYw
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) February 21, 2019
He Meant So Much to So Many All Over the World, but in Canada, He was King
— UFC Canada (@UFC_CA) February 21, 2019
For Many Canadian Fighters, He Was the Reason Why
— The Mane Event™ (@EliasTheodorou) February 21, 2019
From the GOAT Referee to the GOAT Fighter
I was lucky enough to officiate 7 of @GeorgesStPierre fights in the Octagon including his first championship fight and his last. GSP it was always an honor to work your fights & I hope you dominate retirement just like you dominated the @ufc cage!! Thank you for being a class act
— Big John McCarthy (@JohnMcCarthyMMA) February 21, 2019
Goodbye Georges St-Pierre. You will be missed!