If Georges St Pierre wants to continue with his MMA career he will have to do it without Kristof Midoux.
His long time friend and mentor thinks that the champion needs at least two years away from the sport to work on his personal life and balance his life priorities.
“I think Georges will abandon his belt and there will be a world championship without him. The decision is up to him and I expect him to come back from vacation to sit and talk with him,” Midoux tells La Presse.
“But he is aware that he needs to rest. He must make space for other things in his heart If he decides to return, for any reason, I will not be in his corner. I do not want to see him suffer more, having accomplished what people can only dream of accomplishing.”
“He has another life waiting for him. I think he has many other things to do. He doesn’t need to prove who is the strongest any more - he has proved that he was it. And right now I don’t see any fighter who deserves to fight against him.
“I would be the first to tell him he can not retire because there is such and such person he must beat before doing so. [But there isn’t so] let them all fight for a good year to see who emerges from the crowd.”
Midoux had one disclaimer: if St Pierre’s replacement went on a two-year run, he thinks that would allow his friend enough time to do what he needs to do and clear his head for another run.
“If someone keeps the belt for two years, then, perhaps, I would stay in his camp. He would still be young at 34, and then, he would be completely regenerated,” Midoux said.