The former UFC champion Georges St-Pierre recently opened up about his struggles with mental health and how it impacted his decision to retire from the sport of MMA. Speaking on MMA Junkie’s Legend 2 Legend series, ‘Rush’ shed light about his issues with the UFC regarding performance-enhancing drugs. Khabib ‘Attacked’ By UFC Fan In Sad Video
Here is what Georges St-Pierre said:
“I was struggling with UFC. I had a lot of issues with the UFC because of performance enhancing drugs… I know they know that a lot of their athletes were using performance enhancing drugs but…they didn’t want to test them because they know that a lot of their champions would fall.”
Georges St-Pierre then discussed how his mental health issues played a part in him vacating the welterweight title:
‘I think I carry too much pressure for too long. I was champion for a long time and it’s hard to become champion but it’s even harder to stay champion because you have a lot of pressure on yourself… I think I just needed [a] vacation and I was in some kind of depression at the time…I was ashamed to admit it because I had a dream life, you know, I have a lot of money, I’m healthy… I didn’t know what all people would think about me… I was going through mental depression and on top of that was fighting UFC against performance enhancing drugs, and I had a lot of personal issues… I just needed a break.”
Georges St-Pierre last competed in the UFC’s welterweight division back in November 2013.