“People are going to be shocked… Growing up in my career, I always fix my goals very high. And every time I achieve one of my [goals], I fix another goal to reach. It’s important as a martial artist [never to be] satisfied because otherwise there is no point to keep doing what you’re doing… If I go up in weight, it’s going to be hard to go down. If I put on lean muscle like I already did recently … it’s going to be hard to come back down. So it’s not like I go up and I go down. I have to be very careful with what I do… If one day I fight at 185 pounds for a superfight to know who is the best pound-for-pound in the world, (and) if I reach my goal, then my goal will be reached. There will be no point for me to still compete because I’m not going to have a goal left… Yeah, the money is there. It’s pleasant. The money is there. It’s good that I have this security. I have a lot of money now. It’s good. But there is a lot of things I can do outside of mixed martial arts … because of the name that I reached with MMA, that the UFC helped me to have… The fame is the same thing. I didn’t have it in the beginning, and now I have it. But if one day I reach my goal of becoming the best pound-for-pound (fighter) of all-time, it will be time for me to retire. But I don’t know right now, at 29 years old, if I want to retire. So it’s better I have to stick around.”
—Georges St. Pierre telling MMA Junkie he’ll retire when he solidifies himself as the greatest pound-for-pound fighter of all time
Don’t worry, GSP isn’t retiring anytime soon. He plans to fight at welterweight “a couple” more times, and assuming he continues to retain his title, he would then consider moving up to middleweight to challenge Anderson Silva if he’s still undefeated in the UFC. If he were to defeat Silva, he feels that would make the pound-for-pound best in the world. He would have achieved every goal he set for himself, and wouldn’t have any reason to continue fighting.
Of course, there are no guarantees Silva will still be in the middleweight division at that point, especially with all the talk of him permanently moving to light heavyweight after he fights Chael Sonnen and possibly Vitor Belfort later this year. Plus, as we’ve learned with Fedor Emelianenko, BJ Penn and GSP himself, even the seemingly invincible can be defeated by the unlikeliest of challengers. In other words, a lot will have to fall into place for GSP’s plan to work out.
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