George St. Pierre is one of the most decorated UFC fighters of all time. He won the Unified Title on April 2008 and successfully defended it 9 times. He had a dominant championship reign for six years where he saw 0 defeats. Then, he disappeared from the UFC.
He announced that he would take a step back from the fighting scene even before suffering a torn ACL in 2014. He then vacated the title and did not return in the octagon for years. Fans and experts thought that he may be retiring due to the injury.
However, the real reason he did not come back as early as everybody expected is because he became burnt out of the sport. GSP stated that in his last few fights before his hiatus, he was not having fun anymore. He fought because he has to fight not because he wants to fight. He grew tired of the pressure, too much criticism and the weight of the world championship.
GSP took a step back to spend a few years with a normal social life. Get away from the glitz and glamour. He just needed to take a break.
At UFC 217, hebooked his comeback fight against the UFC Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping. At 36 years old, he stood his ground his ground against one of the stronger champions in the UFC. In the end, he made a triumphant return when he choked Bisping and won the UFC Middleweight Championship.
He stepped back from the game that he loved for years to rejuvenate his passion. Now GSP believes that he is faster, stronger and, most importantly, happier.
by Edge Buenviaje