Georges St-Pierre made his big return to the octagon at a new weight class. The former UFC welterweight champion faced off against UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping at UFC 217. Choking out “The Count,” St-Pierre earned the middleweight title after nearly four years away from the sport of mixed martial arts. That being said, things have not been going St-Pierre’s way since.
“Rush” has since vacated his middleweight title due to medical concerns brought on by a debilitating case of colitis.
John Danaher, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu coach to the fighter, recently spoke with Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour about St-Pierre. For Danaher, there is a chance “Rush” may never fight again.
“That is a definite possibility.” Danaher said of Georges St-Pierre. “I don’t want to say yes or no because it’s not my decision, really. These are deeply personal decisions that Georges has to make. Moreover, they have to be made not as spur of the moment decisions.”
“These are life-changing decisions, so they will have to be made on the basis of Georges’ reaction to the medications that he’s taking for ulcerative colitis.”
“I know one fight camp where Georges wasn’t mentally committed to it was the fight camp with Hendricks, where there were doubts about whether he wanted to be fighting anymore. That was probably the fight camp where he had the least motivation to get in there, as he normally would.”
“Here (for the Bisping fight) there was tremendous motivation. Georges was extremely enthusiastic about the fight and expressed a deep desire to come back. But, there was a physical problem, which was making it difficult.”
“It’s not for the faint of heart, and if you’re not 100 percent committed to the project and it’s not something you positively enjoy doing at least in some way, you don’t have to love every aspect of it but there has to be some kind of deep feeling of enjoyment fulfillment – then I don’t believe you should get involved.”