St. Pierre Done Fighting In 2008?

Georges St. Pierre has been one busy fighter as he has fought 4 times this calendar year – and there is the very real possibility that he may shut it down for the rest of 2008, according to Fightline.com.  Below is an excerpt from St. Pierre’s blog; if you are able to read in French, click here for the blog in its entirety.  Otherwise, look below for some excerpts from GSP’s blog:

Last Saturday, I was able to retain my UFC welterweight title against Jon Fitch. I had said before the fight that he would be the toughest opponent I would have faced until now, and we got proof of that. I’ve never seen such a resilient athlete.

I am very pleased with my performance, but it wasn’t perfect. If I had to rate it from 1 to 10, I’d give it an 8.

What I appreciated the most about this battle is that I went five rounds. It’s the first time I’ve gone this far in a fight and it’s bringing me a lot of experience. It’s a contest that helped me grow, and will make a better fighter of me.

It should be mentioned that I didn’t find it hard to go an extra two rounds, as I am in very good physical shape. However, what I found particularly discouraging was Fitch’s determination. He is a true “Terminator”. As much as I tried to finish him off, he kept coming back. On at least two separate occasions, I was positive that he was completely unconscious, but each time he hit the ground, he got right back up.

Yves Lavigne Made The Right Calls

Quebecois referee Yves Lavigne officiated our fight and he did a very good job. A lot of referees would have ended the fight, and it would have been a bad call. It’s not like in boxing: the fact that you’ve managed to send your opponent to the canvas does not mean you’ve won the fight. Sometimes, he’s able to recover and come back, as was the case with Fitch.

On two or three occasions, I was sure that Lavigne was about to stop the fight, but Fitch stayed in the fight. I would have been happy if he’d ended it, but I must admit that it would have been a bad decision.

To view the rest of St. Pierre’s blog posting, please click here.

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