A lot of professional mixed martial artists have paid tribute to the legendary Georges St-Pierre after he announced his official retirement, but no one made it more heartfelt than UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway.
In a nostalgic post on Instagram, “Blessed” recalled his encounter with the former two-division champion during his first UFC fight, where he was submitted by Dustin Poirier, and reflected on how St-Pierre made an impact on his journey to become a world champion and a good father.
GSP Has Called It Quits
MMA fans are still hoping that they haven’t seen the last of Georges St-Pierre especially after Khabib Nurmagomedov made a last ditch to lure him to a super fight later this year. GSP has expressed his interest in sharing the cage with the lightweight champion, but the potential match-up bit the dust as the former two-division champion decided to call it a career on Thursday.
In front of the media at Bell Centre in Montreal, St-Pierre announced his official retirement from the sport he dominated for over 15 years. His last fight was at UFC 217 in November 2017, where he defeated Michael Bisping to capture the middleweight championship, to cement his legacy as one of the greatest fighters of all time.
“It takes a lot of discipline to become and stay champion. It also takes a lot of discipline to stop while still feeling that you’re in the best physical and mental shape of your life but I’ve always planned to leave the sport when I’m at the top and in good health.”
“I want to thank my family, my fans, my coaches, trainers and training partners, my sponsors and my agents for their indefectible support during all these years,” he stated.
The 37-year old legend holds the best record in UFC history for most wins in title bouts and notable victories against Matt Hughes, BJ Penn, Nick Diaz, Carlos Condit, Dan Hardy, and many others.
“I also want to thank each of my opponents. All of them are incredible athletes who brought out the best in me. I retire from competition with great pride at having had a positive impact on my sport. I intend to keep training and practising martial arts for as long as I live, and I look forward to watching the new generation of champions carry our sport into the future.”
Following the announcement of his MMA retirement, fans and pros alike hailed the French-Canadian legend for his massive contribution in the sport. GSP did not just bring the UFC to greater heights during his reign, but also made an impact on the lives of various fighters.
And UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway can attest to that.
“Blessed” took to Instagram on Friday to pay tribute to the 37-year-old fighter. He posted an old photo of him and GSP and wrote a heartfelt caption that described St-Pierre’s influence on his life as a fighter, a champion, and a father.
“This was at my first UFC fight. It was against Dustin Poirier. My career started by being finished. Becoming champion was not easy for me but the instructions were clear.”
“I had to just keep beating the guy in front of me. After 10 wins in a row, I got my title shot. But when I became champion there were no instructions on what to do next. I had to figure out what it meant to me.”
“How to represent my team and my community. How to express my values as a martial artist. How to be a good father to my son while trying to entertain fans.”
“I’m still figuring it out every day but I looked to GSP to create a blueprint for myself on the martial artist I would be. Many people think I named my son Rush after GSP. I didn’t but Rush watches everything I do so GSPs influence is there every day.”
“Thank you, GSP from me and Rush.”
(Featured Image Source: Instagram/Max Holloway and Georges St-Pierre)