GSP AKA Georges St-Pierre was on TSN’s Off The Record and the former welterweight champion had quite bit to say. Transcipts courtesy of MMA Fighting, Check it out below:
Did he reach his reaching point as the MMA poster-boy?: “I don’t want to have a psychologist or help to keep me on the right track. The stress was eating me alive. Few people can understand this so I needed to step out of it to feel better and to find enjoyment in my life. Now I do.
“It’s not a retirement. I would call it more of a break because I don’t know if I will retire or not right now. I just knew I needed a break from the competition. I started doing it for fun. Then the fun became a business. Then it was not fun anymore. It was too much pressure.”
On If he believes he’s faced at least a few opponents using some sort of steroid: “I cannot answer this question, but there [are] a lot of people on drugs,” says St-Pierre. “I’m never sure 100%. The reason is I don’t want to accuse any individual. If you accuse one individual 20 others will arrive. What I want to attack? I want to attack the system. I don’t want to attack the individual. People have to understand, I don’t want to attack the UFC. I’m one of the guys that stands for the sport, stands for the UFC. I want to do that to help the brand, help the sport. I’m one of the guys that fights for the legitimacy of my sport.
“I think right now there is a big problem. When I came out with this I got so many text messages from guys who are afraid to speak. Not even fighters, reporters are afraid to lose their credentials, but they tell me ‘You’re doing the right thing. We support you.’”
Why did he step away from MMA?: “I’m a perfectionist. People that know me, they know I’m a little bit off. I’m OCD. I want everything to be done perfectly. Because of that I put so much into my work. I became obsessed. I’m a crazy obsessive person about what I do. I want it to be 100%, which is a good thing but it’s also a bad thing. It can drive you crazy. That’s what was happening to me. I needed to just step off. Not think about fighting. I don’t regret it for a second. I’ve never been a victim in my life.”
This is big news coming from GSP and i think he just does not care anymore. What’s your thoughts?
Who he prefers to talk to within UFC, Dana White or Lorenzo Fertitta ?: “I had a talk with Lorenzo and I think it’s going to be a good thing. It’s going to be a lot of change and it’s going to be all good for the sport. I think it’s the next step for us to reach even more people, to be more legitimate. It’s a new sport.
“Lorenzo is the boss. You have to understand, I’m not afraid or mad at Dana. Dana is the promoter. He said stuff and I don’t take it personally. Dana is the business guy. He’s a promoter and it’s his role as a business man to want to make a rematch [with Johny Hendricks] because it will attract a lot of people. That’s his role. He doesn’t care if you like it or love it or hate it, he wants you to tune in. That’s the main role of Dana White. He did it well. Everyone reacted. He doesn’t care if people say, ‘Oh he’s so bad!’ No, he’s not. He’s a promoter. Probably the best promoter in the world right now, of all sports.”