Anderson Silva and Ronda Rousey Respect Georges St-Pierre's Decision To Take MMA Hiatus
Posted by Joseph Lee on 12.17.2013
They support him...
In an interview with MMA Junkie during a press conference to promote UFC 168, Anderson Silva and Ronda Rousey both showed support for Georges St-Pierre, who recently gave up the welterweight title and went on an indefinite hiatus. Here are highlights:
Silva on respecting St-Pierre: "I think that everyone knows their right timing and the moment they're living. We've got to respect Georges St-Pierre for everything he's done for the sport, and if he feels that it's the correct time, we've got to respect him. Everyone knows their time and their moment that they've got to retire or take a step away, so we've got to respect him."
Rousey on how hard MMA is: "We're not really doing 9-to-5 and sitting down in a cubicle. If you fight for a living, you're fighting for your life every time you go in there. It's a stressful situation, if you think about it. The worst thing that could happen in your day isn't that someone will get your latte wrong or that you might get fired, it's that you could get physically harmed and not just that, but your pride could irrevocably harmed, as well. That's a lot of stress to really face time and time again, and it's so much that you really have to have a real love and desire for what you do. You can't really fight and put your life on the line for anyone other than yourself. Every single time a new fight comes along, you need to ask yourself, Do you still want that?'"
Rousey on what GSP has done in his career: "Georges had just passed the record for most time ever spent in the octagon like, actual time. He just broke a record. No one else spent that much in the octagon as him ever before. Can you really blame him for really feeling like he was done? No one else had reached that point yet, so I don't think it's really reasonable to expect him to do more. If he wanted to do more, that's awesome. Break that record even more. But if he feels like he's done, then fine, man, be done. Go rest. You deserve it. You don't have to risk your life for anyone."