A couple of days after Georges St. Pierre stunned the MMA world by announcing he was taking a break from fighting, Dana White relayed that a rematch with Johny Hendricks was “on schedule”, and that they would have a “date within a couple of weeks.” Well, based off comments GSP’s renowned coach Firas Zahabi recently made, it looks like the champ’s future is still up in the air.
“I don’t know. It’s 50/50 and I don’t think [St-Pierre] knows either,” Zahabi said. “I think if he ends it this way, it was good. He ended up with Fight of the Night. An incredible seesaw battle. He showed heart, he showed guts, he showed he’s a fighter.”
“He has 22 fights in the UFC, alone. That’s a lot of training camps. That’s a lot of years of sacrifice. He can’t go out. He can’t do this [or that]. He can’t have a wife and kids. He can’t have a steady girlfriend. He can’t have anything normal in his life. He’s living a very unbalanced life. How long does he want to do that for? He’s 32. When is he going to start living his life? At 40? It’s a hard decision for him to make and he’s got a lot of things going on in his life. He has to decide what he wants to do. Nobody can decide for him.”
So unless St. Pierre is keeping Zahabi out of the loop, which is unlikely, it certainly doesn’t sound like the star has decided what’s next.
Zahabi also relayed in the interview that he believes GSP won his controversial and yet memorable UFC 167 scrap with Hendricks. The Tristar coach believes the fight came down to the opening round, and that he thinks St. Pierre did enough to win the round. He also stated that he was “most surprised” to hear White call it a landslide.