Former UFC champion Georges St-Pierre just lately spoke about his struggles with psychological well being and the way it contributed to his determination to retire from the game of MMA.
Talking on MMA Junkie’s Legend 2 Legend collection, ‘Rush’ began by speaking about his points with the UFC relating to efficiency enhancing medication.
“I used to be fighting UFC. I had a whole lot of points with the UFC due to efficiency enhancing medication… I do know they know that a whole lot of their athletes had been utilizing efficiency enhancing medication however…they did not wish to take a look at them as a result of they know that a whole lot of their champions would fall,” mentioned Georges St-Pierre.
Georges St-Pierre then mentioned how his psychological well being points performed a component in him vacating the welterweight title.
‘I feel I carry an excessive amount of stress for too lengthy. I used to be champion for a very long time and it is laborious to grow to be champion but it surely’s even more durable to remain champion as a result of you could have a whole lot of stress on your self… I feel I simply wanted [a] trip and I used to be in some type of despair on the time…I used to be ashamed to confess it as a result of I had a dream life, you understand, I’ve some huge cash, I am wholesome… I did not know what all folks would take into consideration me… I used to be going by psychological despair and on high of that was combating UFC in opposition to efficiency enhancing medication, and I had a whole lot of private points… I simply wanted a break.”
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Georges St-Pierre vacated the welterweight title after his win in opposition to Johny Hendricks at UFC 167
Georges St-Pierre final competed within the UFC’s welterweight division in November 2013.
‘Rush’ was pitted in opposition to Johny Hendricks for his ninth consecutive title protection at UFC 167. The razor-close combat ended with a cut up determination victory for the Canadian.
St-Pierre then vacated his title and disappeared from the UFC for 4 years earlier than returning in November 2017 to tackle then-middleweight champion Michael Bisping in a title combat.
It took Georges St-Pierre lower than three rounds to complete Bisping and grow to be the brand new middleweight king. The 40-year-old then vacated the title and some years later formally introduced his retirement from the game.