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Georges St-Pierre is one of the best and most successful fighters in MMA history. The Canadian resigned twice at a peak, both times for health reasons. A rare case in sports. So it's no wonder that the next-generation Canadians tend to discourage fighters from concentrating fully on the sport.

"The gym is the happiest and saddest place I can go," said the Canadian on Joe Rogan's podcast. “The happiest place because I can practice the sport I love. I love the training and the science of fighting. But it's also sad. "

“After every training session, people come to me and ask for advice. I always give them a tip for fighting, but many of them boil down to, 'Hey Bro, hang up your fist protectors and get a real job. I know this story and it doesn't end well, my friend ‘. But if I tell them the truth in their face, they get angry and call me jealous and arrogant. "

It is not only young fighters who train with St-Pierre in Montreal, even children and parents who see potential in their offspring, come up to the MMA legend. The answers usually leave them baffled.

“I keep telling you the same thing and it keeps disappointing you. I always ask about school, the kids say they think they're stupid. But I always advise them to finish school and keep training. Not putting everything on one card. The parents then always widen their eyes. "

Because St-Pierre not only knows the highs that sport can bring, but also the lows. Injuries and chronic illnesses accompanied his career. After defending the welterweight title against Johny Hendricks for the last time, the Canadian had to retire as he suffered from the consequences of the numerous hits that he had to put up with over the course of his career.

“I could have brain damage, but I think I got away with it all over again. But there is no guarantee that I won't have problems later. So far everything is fine. I don't think I have anything. Health is the most important thing to me, so I have seen many doctors. And there is not one who advises you to keep fighting. It's always a risk. "

And the Canadian no longer wants to accept this. Even if he is always tempted to prove himself in serious competition during training, he knows that it could end badly for him, which is why he prefers to remain a spectator.

“Everyone has a reason to fight. I fought because I love to win, or better, because I hate to lose, because I wanted to leave something behind. That's why I came back. Not because I enjoy fighting. But some fighters who still go on, when asked about them, I always reply that I stopped long ago. There is a time frame that is prime, if you are beyond that, what is the point? You destroy your legacy. If you do it because you love fighting or you need the money, that's okay. Your decision, but I think it's sad. "

Because more fights mean more training sessions, more sparring. And this is exactly where the long-term damage that St-Pierre wants to avoid occurs. The Canadian is convinced of that.

“I think that the best way to improve is to train in a playful way. So many fighters, I can't name names, threw their gym careers away for sparring too hard. It was always about winning laps. But that's not how you improve. You have to do it in a playful and relaxed way. Of course, when the fight comes up, you have to put yourself in this uncomfortable environment, this stress. But apart from that, you have to take it easy in order to improve. So many fighters lose their brain cells in sparring, it's terrible. "