GSP’s Mentor Said He Should Retire After UFC 167 On Saturday Night

Kristof Midoux, one of the first Canadian MMA fighters and long-time mentor of current UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, has told St-Pierre to retire this Saturday after he fights Johny Hendricks at UFC 167. Midoux spoke of the conversation he had with GSP prior to his UFC 167 fight in a recent interview, he had this to say:

“Me, I told him, ‘After this one, it’s over! Shine on that night. Finish that dude in front of everyone. Shut your detractors up. If you finish that guy, if you knock him out, then you’ll be free, you’ll be happy to take the microphone and to say that you’re done. To say that you are giving your place to others.’ I told him, ‘Finish well, Georges, and have the courage to take the microphone and to thank everyone.’ Those who won’t understand are those who have nothing to understand. They’re selfish. It’s time for him to think about himself. It’s the greatest gift he can give to himself. He could take advantage of what life has to offer and start a family.”

When asked if there’s a chance St-Pierre may actually take Midoux’s advice, Midoux said that its a possibility, he said:

“Personally, I’d love for it to happen like that. I’d really like for him not to make the same mistake that so many fighters have made. I wouldn’t want him to go on until he’s 35 years old. He has plans. I told him to be selfish. It’s not true that you can have a family and children and remain at the highest level of the sport. He took my advice. If Georges really wants to start a family, he’ll have to do it after his career. At 32 years old, the time is right for him to do that. People want to see him in the cage until he’s 40, but at 40, he’ll be a has-been with no wife and no kids.”

At 32, St-Pierre has plans that go beyond having a family. He wants to open his own martial arts school, something Midoux said they plan to discuss after this weekend’s fight.

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