Even if Georges St. Pierre hadn’t escaped UFC 167 with the welterweight championship like he did, chances are not too many people would be calling for the renowned fighter to retire. After all, we are talking about a man who before Saturday night, had won 11 straight bouts and did so by fighting the world’s best 170 pounders. Well, as the MMA world anxiously awaits to see what St. Pierre will do next (although Dana White thinks GSP- Johny Hendricks II will get booked soon), UFC commentator Joe Rogan apparently thinks the champ should hang em up.
While speaking on the latest edition of The Opie & Anthony Show Monday, Rogan t. Pierre needs to retire (comments transcribed by MMA Fighting.com):
“I think Georges should retire,” said Rogan. “One of the reasons I think Georges should retire is he was on my podcast and he was talking about being abducted by aliens. I was going, ‘you think you’ve been abducted by aliens?’ He starts talking about missing time. He started talking about driving his car and all of a sudden he’s at home and he has no idea [how] he got there. I think it’s head kicks.”
“That fight he had some serious memory loss (at UFC 167). I think he’s taken too many shots. An interesting statistic is that Georges has taken more punches and kicks in the last three fights than any of his fights, ever. In fact, 50% of the shots he’s taken his entire career were in the last three fights. I think he should get out. I know the UFC probably doesn’t want to hear me say that. I know that could be a huge rematch.”
Um, yeah, considering Dana White’s initial reaction to St. Pierre saying he was going to step away for a while, chances are Rogan’s comments aren’t going to fly so well with the UFC brass. Rogan also relayed that he believes Hendricks should be awarded the belt, since the welterweight “won that fight.”
Of course, if St. Pierre is in fact experiencing memory loss regularly, then that’s not a good sign. It’s going to be interesting to see what happens next. So far, however, it looks like GSP-Hendricks II will go down sooner or later.