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Canada's Georges St-Pierre announces his retirement from mixed martial arts during a press conference in Montreal, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019.  (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)

Canada’s Georges St-Pierre announces his retirement from mixed martial arts during a press conference in Montreal, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)

By Rafael Bandayrel

Georges St-Pierre, a two-division UFC champion and arguably the best mixed martial artist of all time, announced in a press conference in Montreal Quebec, Canada that he is officially retiring from the sport.

“There are no tears,” St-Pierre said.

“It takes a lot of discipline to retire on top. It was a long process in my mind, but it’s time to do it. Only a few people have done it.”

Unlike most professional fighters, St-Pierre exited while he was ahead. In his last fight, the Canadian captured the UFC Middleweight title by submitting Michael Bisping in November 17 to end a four-year hiatus.

St-Pierre is tied with Bisping for the second-most wins in UFC history after defending the welterweight title nine consecutive times from 2008 to 2013.

The Canadian revealed that he wanted to fight undefeated lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov before retiring, but the UFC had “other plans.”

“I knew [Nurmagomedov] wanted to fight me, and his message excited me. Unfortunately, it takes two fighters and also an organization to make that fight happen. The UFC has other plans for Khabib, and I wish him the best of luck.”

However, GSP said he isn’t ruling out a return if an opportunity presents itself.

“Some athletes when they retire, they get fat and out of shape. It’s not going to happen to me,” he ended.

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