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Could GSP Retire? Following Historic Win? Kenny Florian “Wouldn’t be Surprised”

Kelsey Mowatt

UFC 217

Now that Georges St-Pierre has claimed the middleweight title in his comeback bout, the MMA world continues to debate who he’ll fight next. But, according to Kenny Florian, he wouldn’t at all be shocked if we’ve seen GSP throw down for the last time.

St-Pierre became just the fourth fighter in UFC history on Saturday to win titles in two divisions, by choking out now former middleweight champ, Michael Bisping. Since GSP has said in recent months that he has some big plans for his comeback run, there hasn’t been a lot of talk that he could elect to hang up the gloves.

Well, one man who thinks St-Pierre could do that is the aforementioned Florian. During a recent episode of the Anik & Florian podcast, the retired fighter said this (quotes via MMA Fighting):

“I think for Georges, I wouldn’t be surprised if this is his last fight. Does it get any better than this? What is he going to accomplish here that’s going to elevate his status that much more? Does he need to defeat the 205-pound champion, maybe fight Stipe Miocic? Those aren’t realistic things. Even going up to 186, everybody doubted him. ‘This is going to be too much. Michael Bisping has been more active, he’s a bigger guy.’ I don’t know if it gets better than this.

“I think there was something that Georges wanted to prove to himself. I really don’t think, as much as Georges wanted to get what he felt he deserved, but I don’t think it was necessarily about the money. This wasn’t a Georges St-Pierre saying ‘Man, my bank account is low. I really need to get some funds here.’ It wasn’t about that. Georges is fine on money. I think more than anything else, he had something he needed to prove to himself. Being away for four years, I felt like he finished his career on top and wanted to come back and show everybody that in these days where USADA is kind of overlooking the sport, I want to come back and show what I can really do. At 170 pounds, he has already done it all. He wanted to do something different at 185 pounds and challenge himself. He did that against a phenomenal champion in Michael Bisping and I think that this is probably his last fight.”

It’s certainly something to consider, as it would be a fantastic and historic way for St-Pierre to finally close the book on his fighting career. Does he want to defend the belt at 185? Or try to regain the welterweight crown? Of course, doing both of those things would add to his legacy, but, would they surpass what he just accomplished? Might it not be better to go out now, having not lost a fight in over ten years? With folks forever remembering GSP in this manner?

It’s an interesting debate.

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