‘Find a Real Job’- Georges St-Pierre Advices Youngsters to Not Choose Fighting As a Career

Published 04/12/2021, 8:45 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 04: Georges St-Pierre of Canada prepares to enter the Octagon prior to facing Michael Bisping of England in their UFC middleweight championship bout during the UFC 217 event inside Madison Square Garden on November 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Georges St-Pierre is one of the greatest fighters in the history of MMA. He fought in the welterweight and middleweight divisions and won titles in both of them. Despite being an excellent fighter, some MMA observers would say that the most remarkable thing about him was his philosophy.

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He appeared on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast and talked about the conditions in which he became the best fighter in the world. The Canadian also addressed some of the biggest problems young fighters face in the early parts of their careers.

“One of the happiest place for me to go and the saddest place to go, it’s the gym,” he said. Furthermore, he added that he loves going to the gym because he can practice the sport he loves.

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St-Pierre loves training and is a disciple of the science of fighting. However, he finds the gyms to be a sad place because guys come to him for advice that they might not like.

The former UFC fighter said, “I always give them advice regarding fighting, but a lot of them my advice for them would be you should go hang up your gloves and find a real job because I’ve seen this movie, and it’s not a good ending.

He revealed he got very lucky and was one of the few to achieve success in a world where innumerable candidates try to fight professionally for a living and fail. The odds of becoming a champion are incredibly minuscule. Additionally, one injury can derail a fighter’s entire career. ‘Rush’ concluded, “I worked really hard, and I got lucky. The star were all aligned.

Georges St-Pierre believes that hard sparring is not the way to go

The Canadian superstar also revealed that the one big reason he was so successful for such a long time was because of the way he trained. St-Pierre was popular for going incredibly light in sparring and having fun with his workouts.

NEWARK, NJ – MARCH 27: UFC fighter Georges St-Pierre (L) battles Dan Hardy (R) during their Welterweight title bout at UFC 111 at the Prudential Center on March 27, 2010, in Newark, New Jersey. St-Pierre won by Unanimous Decision at 5:00 of the 5th round. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Zuffa, LLC via Getty Images)

‘GSP’ concluded, “I believe the best way to improve is when it’s playful.” 

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His advice would be very helpful for young fighters out there who are looking for ways to improve their longevity.

Do you agree with Georges St-Pierre on his advice to young fighters?

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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