No one who's been paying attention all these years should be the least bit surprised that, even in semi-retirement, it was Georges St-Pierre who showed us how it should be done.The now-former UFC welterweight champion announced Friday that he's vacating the title, taking a break from MMA, and going in search of a "normal" life. Not quite as decisive or final as some of the other exits we've seen, but that's part of what's so great about it.
MONTREAL – It wasn't the worst beating ever seen in the octagon, but UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre thoroughly dominated challenger Nick Diaz en route to a clearcut unanimous-decision win.
"Georges has been a great champion and he's been great for the company and if he wants another fight, we'll make it for him," White said Wednesday at a news conference attended by a throng of media and about 100 fans. "We knew Nick wanted the fight, so it worked out."
Striking coach Phil Nurse took one look at Georges St-Pierre in the locker-room before his UFC 154 main event and had a flashback to April 2008.
“Somebody asked me in the locker-room, ‘How’s Georges looking?’ I said ‘You know what? The last time I saw him like this is when he flattened Matt Serra at the same arena,“’ Nurse told The Canadian Press.
Georges St-Pierre has somehow managed to find the silver lining to reconstructive knee surgery and the lengthy rehab that inevitably follows.
"This injury was a negative thing in the beginning but it became a positive thing at the end," said the UFC welterweight champion.
"Because it allowed me to correct my training and make it better and improve it."