Twitter Reacts To Georges St-Pierre’s Retirement From Fighting

End of an era. 

French-Canadian fighter Georges St-Pierre, who is considered by many as one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time, has decided to hang up his four-ounce gloves for good, announcing his official retirement at a press conference at Bell Centre in Montreal on Thursday.

A former welterweight and middleweight titlist, St-Pierre last saw actions at UFC 217, defeating Michael Bisping for the 185-pound championship in his much-awaited return from a four-year hiatus. “Rush” then vacated the middleweight throne after being diagnosed with an inflammatory disease affecting the large bowel called ulcerative colitis.

Twitter Reacts To Georges St-Pierre's Retirement From Fighting
(Photo: Instagram/ Georges St-Pierre)

The 37-year old legend collected 26 wins and two losses in his 15-year MMA career while holding the best record in UFC history for most wins in title bouts and the second longest combined title streak.

He also holds notable victories against Matt Hughes, BJ Penn, Nick Diaz, Carlos Condit, Dan Hardy, and many others.

“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.

Messages of support and gratitude for the former two-division champion flooded the social media following the news, with fans and pros alike hailing St-Pierre as one of the best to ever do it.

Check out some of the most heartfelt reactions to St-Pierre’s retirement from the Twitter-verse:

Here’s how fans paid tribute to the French-Canadian MMA legend:

Thank you, GSP, for the 15 years of your illustrious MMA career! The sport will never be the same without you.

(Featured Image Source: Instagram/Mr Neustroev and Jeff Kangaruh)

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