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Danaher: St-Pierre’s return will depend on medical condition, but retirement a ‘definite possibility’

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Renowned Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu mentor John Danaher gives an update on Georges St-Pierre’s immediate future plans.

With the recent revelation of having ulcerative colitis, Georges St-Pierre’s fighting future suddenly became uncertain. The illness has also led him to vacate the UFC middleweight title he won over Michael Bisping at UFC 217 in New York City early last month.

On Monday’s episode of the MMA Hour, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu coach John Danaher also confirmed that St-Pierre is currently at a crossroads in his career, and may be looking at hanging it up for good.

“That is a definite possibility,” Danaher said about St-Pierre’s possible retirement (via MMA Fighting). “I don’t want to say yes or no because it’s not my decision, really. These are deeply personal decisions that Georges has to make. Moreover, they have to be made not as spur of the moment decisions.”

“These are life-changing decisions, so they will have to be made on the basis of Georges’ reaction to the medications that he’s taking for ulcerative colitis.”

Danaher adds that at this point in his career, St-Pierre’s is merely fighting driven by motivation, something which was lacking during the Johny Hendricks fight in 2013.

“I know one fight camp where Georges wasn’t mentally committed to it was the fight camp with Hendricks, where there were doubts about whether he wanted to be fighting anymore,” Danaher said. “That was probably the fight camp where he had the least motivation to get in there, as he normally would.”

“Here (for the Bisping fight) there was tremendous motivation,” he continued. “Georges was extremely enthusiastic about the fight and expressed a deep desire to come back. But, there was a physical problem, which was making it difficult.”

“It’s not for the faint of heart, and if you’re not 100 percent committed to the project and it’s not something you positively enjoy doing at least in some way, you don’t have to love every aspect of it but there has to be some kind of deep feeling of enjoyment fulfillment – then I don’t believe you should get involved.”

Danaher’s interview begins at the 3:30:59 mark of the video below.


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