Georges St-Pierre Set to Retire

Former UFC welterweight and middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre appears to be calling it quits for good.

After returning in November 2017 to capture the middleweight title following a three-year layoff, St-Pierre (26-2 MMA, 20-2 UFC) is set to make retirement official after failing to secure a fight with UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Georges St-Pierre, 37, will make his retirement announcement Thursday at an official UFC press conference being held at Bell Centre in Montreal, which has hosted several of his sold-out fights.

The news was first reported by Reseau des sports reporter Benoit Beaudoin, who hosts the MMA podcast “Dans La Cage” (via TSN reporter Aaron Bronsteter). St-Pierre also thanked his longtime coach Firas Zahabi on Twitter.

Georges St-Pierre’s future remained in question until word of the press conference. He relinquished the middleweight title – won with a knockout of champ Michael Bisping – after being diagnosed with colitis, an inflammation of the inner lining of the colon. He never officially retired, however, and expressed interest in a number of opponents, including Nurmagomedov (27-0 MMA, 11-0 UFC).