MANILA – Mixed martial arts (MMA) superstar Georges St-Pierre hinted that he might be staying out of the fight game for good.
The former UFC welterweight champion said he is enjoying every bit of his time since relinquishing his title and announcing his indefinite leave from the UFC.
“I'm 32 years old and this is the first time I have my Christmas with my family,” said St-Pierre in Yahoo! Sports. “I spent some time, but I never really had free time, total free time like I did [this holiday]. It was time for me to do it. I'm very happy I did it and I don't regret any of it.”
St-Pierre was one of the UFC’s first real mixed martial artists, who is equally dangerous both on stand-up and on the ground.
But his pursuit of being the best in the UFC took a toll on his private life. He had to endure long days away from home in pursuit of MMA excellence.
St-Pierre said he had to swallow the pressure of measuring up to the fans’ expectations.
“People don't realize how much pressure I have. It's a lot of expectation. You take a lot of risk. You get so nervous because you care about it. There is so much on the line,” he said.
“At the time, I thought it was the right time for me to do it. I had a lot of pressure,” he told the Ottawa Sun.
“People don't realize how much pressure I have. It's a lot of expectation. You take a lot of risk. You get so nervous because you care about it. There is so much on the line.”
St-Pierre has fought in the octagon since 2005, losing only 1 of his 11 fights in the UFC.
“I needed to take time off to relax, to feel better and to have fun to do it again if I ever wanted to come back,” said St-Pierre. “I don't give myself any preference. There is a chance I will come back.”