GSP Says Many People From The MMA World Have Congratulated Him For Standing Up For Himself

Former UFC welterweight champion, Georges St. Pierre spoke this week about how a number of people have recently contacted him secretly and congratulated him for standing up for himself after he decided to walk away from the sport in the interim, before quickly adding that he never intended to hurt the sport of his former employers in any way.

St.Pierre, speaking via Combate Magazine in Brazil said:

“I see what’s going on in MMA and I like the fact that I don’t have to think about it. I just want to step aside and watch them fight, see what’s going to happen and a bunch other things I can’t say right now (laughs). Maybe, one day, if the things happen like I think they should happen, I’ll return. I don’t know how long it may take, but I’m waiting. I got to a point in my career that, even though I loved the belt, I wasn’t fighting for it anymore. It had more to do with my opponent and the challenge. I rather fight a better fighter with no title on the line than fighting a regular fighter in a title fight. The fight itself is what interests me the most.”

“I read once that people thought I was on rehab. Some rumors are funny, they make me laugh. The reason why I took this break is because of my mental health. Few people know how is to stay at the top for so long. The pressure is not the same of a regular fight. Every fight is a world championship fight, and it comes with a bunch of promotional stuff. I was never obligated to do it, I did it because I wanted to. And I would do it again if I had to.”

“You, journalists, know how to read between the lines. I don’t need to say. Some of you are smart, others aren’t (laughs). You can write whatever you want about it, I don’t care. Everything I say drops like a bomb, and the last thing I want to do it hurt the UFC and MMA. I always fought for the sport and I wouldn’t hurt it. I just wanted some things to change. The way things are, I’ve been receiving messages, some secret, from people that are afraid to publicly say what they think and congratulating me for doing what I do for the fighters and the sport, encouraging me to continue.”

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