Georges St-Pierre announces retirement
MMA 

Georges St-Pierre’s time in the Octagon has come to an end.

St-Pierre officially announced his retirement from MMA at a press conference Thursday in his native Montreal.

He said it was a “long process” to come to the decision, but he wanted to retire on top and on his own terms.

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“In combat sports, you should retire on top,” St-Pierre said. “I’m thankful I get to do that.”

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UFC confirmed Wednesday a “special announcement” is forthcoming.

St-Pierre reportedly “hoped to secure a super-fight” with lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov but decided to call it a career after negotiations failed.

Nurmagomedov, who is serving a nine-month suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission for his post-fight brawl following his UFC 229 victory over Conor McGregor in October, took to Instagram later Wednesday asking St-Pierre to hold off on his retirement.

“Let’s do it in November. After this fight you can retire,” Nurmagomedov wrote, adding he has “nothing but respect” for St-Pierre and that “it would be honor” to fight a man he grew up idolizing.

Let’s do it in November. After this fight you can retire. I grow up on your fights, and have nothing but respect for you, and I believe showed that to you George when you were in Moscow. But, it would be honor for me to share Octagon with one of the greatest fighters of all time. Let’s do it 155 lbs, or I give away 5lbs to you, cause you newer done 155. Well, it’s your choice 155 or 160, Montreal, NYC, Moscow or Abu Dhabi. Send me location my Friend 📍 #GSPvsKHABIB #ufc #mma #history #RUSSIAvsCANADA

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St-Pierre (26-2), who turns 38 in May, holds the record for most welterweight title defenses in UFC history with nine and is widely considered one of the greatest competitors in the sport’s history.

He has been missing in action since his win over Michael Bisping at UFC 217 in November 2017.

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