Georges St-Pierre announced his retirement from MMA nearly two weeks ago after failing to get the Khabib Nurmagomedov fight. Well, it appears ‘GSP’ is serious about his retirement.
Arguably the greatest fighter of all-time has left the USADA drug-testing pool which means he is ineligible to compete in the UFC.
“He is out [of the pool],” Novitzky said to MMAFighting. “He gave me written notice he’s retired and out of the USADA registered testing pool (RTP). If he were to ever return, he’d have to be back in for six months before competing.”
Although St-Pierre has left the testing pool, the question still remains on if he will ever return to the Octagon. He has made it very clear he will only return for legacy fights. But, in his retirement press conference, ‘GSP’ did leave the door open to a return.
“I don’t know where I will be, mentally, the state of mind, in my life, in a few months,” St-Pierre said. “I don’t know. For me, it’s retirement now. I don’t want those other guys to call me out, because I’m out. If something happens and Dana calls me back with something interesting, we’ll see. Like a movie scenario, ‘Oh! He’s coming back!’ We’ll see, but right now I’m not thinking about it.”
If this is indeed the end, St-Pierre retires at 37-years-old and may go down as the best to ever do it, and if not the best definitely in the top-five. He ends his career with a record of 26-2 and won both the UFC welterweight and middleweight title, and St-Pierre had the chance to walk out of the sport on top which very few get to do.
The Canadian holds notable wins over the likes of Michael Bisping, B.J. Penn, Matt Serra, Matt Hughes, Dan Hardy, and several other fighters.
Leaving the USADA pool all but signals St-Pierre is done with the sport but the questions of him returning will continue to linger.
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime