Following his reveal on why he can’t return in the UFC anytime soon due to an eye injury, GSP also addressed retirement in a recent interview with Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour.
GSP confirmed if he loses in his UFC return he will retire for good.
I don’t think so. I don’t know, I need to talk to UFC and see what’s going to happen, you know? I don’t know. I always said if I come back, it needed to be a fight that excites me, a fight that can elevate me, so we’ll see. Things change in MMA fast, but on other hand, I’m 36. I just turned 36, so I need to make a move soon. When my eye gets fine, I need to make a move and I need to make a move soon. But one thing I can tell you for sure, that I’m one fight from retiring for good. This, I can tell you for sure. If I come back and I lose, this is it for me.
According to GSP, the former UFC welterweight champion doesn’t want to be become a punching bag for the younger generation and wants to retire healthy.
I see a lot of fighters, I don’t want to hang there to become a punching bag for the younger people. I do not believe I’m going to lose. I think I’m at my best, my trainers think I’m at my best. I put a lot on the line, and I know that if I come back, it’s because I believe I’m a much better version than what I was and I want to go back to another shot and rewrite history. But if down the road I lose, I pass the torch, it’s over. It’s finished.
At the moment, St-Pierre is still targeting a fight in November. Apparently, several Madison Square Garden officials proposed a fight in November at MSG during a New York Rangers game earlier this May.
Right away I couldn’t stop thinking about Michael Bisping and I fighting in MSG. For me, that would be the best scenario. I don’t know how it sounds to you and how it sounds to the fans, but I think it would be a nice scenario.