Canadian UFC fighter Georges St-Pierre, considered by many to be a combat sports legend, announced his retirement at a press conference in Montreal on Thursday.
«I announce my retirement. There’s no tears, I’m very happy to do it,» he said. «I always said I want to retire on my own and not be told to retire. So, it takes discipline, and in combat sport, in full contact sport, that's how you... Еще should retire — on top.»
St-Pierre, 37, is a three-time former UFC Welterweight Champion, with a record of 26 wins and two losses in the UFC organisation. He defended his title nine consecutive times and has won many individual accolades and awards from combat sport organisations, magazines and fans.
In addition, St-Pierre holds the UFC record for most wins in title bouts, emerging victorious on 13 occasions. He also has the second longest combined title streak in the history of UFC, amounting to a total of 2,237 days.
In 2013, St-Pierre announced his first retirement before making a return to the octagon in 2017. He is regarded as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the history of the sport.