UFC stars praise Georges St. Pierre for walking away

UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre gestures as he speaks during a news conference at Les...

UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre gestures as he speaks during a news conference at Les Galeries de la Capitale shopping centre in Quebec City, December 13, 2013. (REUTERS/Mathieu Belanger)

NEIL SPRINGER, For QMI Agency

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During his UFC welterweight title reign, Georges (Rush) St. Pierre displayed what it meant to be a true champion. When he announced his indefinite leave of absence from mixed martial arts, he showed other fighters how to gracefully walk away from the limelight.

Since combat-sports history is littered with fighters who stayed too long, St. Pierre’s semi-retirement is a breath of fresh air.

Though this message may prove to be lost on some, it’s a sentiment often shared by Ronda (Rowdy) Rousey. In past interviews the UFC women’s bantamweight champion has made it clear that when the time comes to retire, she has an exit strategy.

Though the 2008 Olympic judo bronze medal winner is a relatively new name in MMA, she has been competing at a high level most of her life. She knows the risks associated with stepping into the cage and putting it all on the line.


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