MMA – Georges St-Pierre, now retired sports legend, had the opportunity to give Francis Ngannou some advice during a backstage meeting at UFC 217.
Georges st-pierre is one of the most respected UFC veterans. Now retired, he ended his career with a series of 13 consecutive victories. His last appearance in the Octagon was at UFC 217 in November 2017. He had beaten middleweight champion Michael Bisping by submission after a four-year absence. On the occasion of this event, St-Pierre came across Francis Ngannou behind the scenes at Madison Square Garden. The current heavyweight champion looks back on this landmark meeting.
“I think Georges St-Pierre is a legend. I was not yet there when he was active, but I have had the opportunity to meet him a few times. He’s a great guy, very humble, you couldn’t imagine he’s the Georges St-Pierre he’s on TV, who’s a superstar and everything. He is a very calm man, who speaks French and who is therefore very proud of his link with France, which is why we met. A great fighter. “
“I watched his last fight at Madison Square Garden against Michael Bisping, it was his comeback after four years and his performance that night was just amazing. But he said to me backstage, ‘Dude, it’s not easy coming back. If you ever retire, don’t come back after four years. Really cool. So I was able to get in touch with his friend who was his manager at the same time. Yeah, a really good person. “
Retirement is not in the short term plans of Ngannou who is currently the UFC heavyweight champion. The Cameroonian is in his “prime” and seems to be more and more interested in a career in boxing. In the meantime, he will have to face Ciryl Gane January 22 for his first belt defense.