It’s been over a week now since Georges St. Pierre announced he was taking a break from fighting, and although Dana White has relayed there will be GSP-Johny Hendricks II, there’s still no word on when (and if) the welterweight champ will fight again.
While there is plenty of rumours and speculation regarding St. Pierre’s future swirling around, one man who knows the renowned fighter pretty well is his Tristar teammate, Rory MacDonald. So does “Ares” believe the champion will throw down in the Octagon again?
Well, while appearing on the latest edition of “The MMA Hour”, here is some of what MacDonald had to say about GSP’s future and his decision to take some time off (comments via MMA Fighting.com):
“I don’t think he’s gone for good,” MacDonald said. “But maybe he needs some time.”
“People have no idea the kind of pressure it is to fight, and I have no idea what kind of pressure it to hold the belt for (six years),”
“Before that he was headlining cards since he was younger than I am right now. That’s a lot of pressure. That’s a lot of interviews. That’s a lot of work, and the guy, he’s a machine. For someone to be able to do that, to carry a belt for that long, and to be a headliner for that long, it wears on you. He needs a break.”
It’s a good point, and one that Anderson Silva and his friends have also echoed in the past. Not only that, but the 32 year-old fighter has fought three times in one year now, since returning from reconstructive knee surgery. That’s likely taken it’s toll physically and mentally.