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St-Pierre happier, healthier since stepping away from UFC

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Ken Rodney, TSN.ca
2/26/2014 1:24:30 PM
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Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre vacated his title in December, a month after a controversial split decision victory over Johny Hendricks.
 
It is a decision that has allowed the Canadian MMA star to find a little peace in his life.

"I'm very happy, I'm sleeping better, I don't regret anything," said St-Pierre to TSN.ca. "I'm very happy with the decision I made."

The time away from the cage has allowed the Saint-Isidore, Quebec native to focus on other interests.

During the Sochi 2014 Olympics, St-Pierre put his money where his mouth is regarding the Canadian men's hockey team.

He made a jersey bet with one of his friends during the Canada vs. USA semifinal game and one with UFC light-heavyweight number one contender Alexander Gustafsson, a native of Arboga, Sweden, over the gold medal game.

St-Pierre's belief in the Canadian national hockey team never wavered and was rewarded.

"I was confident enough to make the bet," said St-Pierre. "I was happy that I won."

As for representing Canada on an international stage, St-Pierre sees himself a little different than those athletes that wore the maple leaf during the Olympics.

"My sport is not a team sport, I don't represent a county and I have fans around the world," said St-Pierre.  "I try to present a good image for anyone that looks up to me wherever they are from. I'm doing it for myself and my fans."

At UFC 171 Hendricks, who narrowly lost to St-Pierre in what was also his last bout, will take on Robbie Lawler for the vacated welterweight title.  The former champ will be a very interested observer.

"I'm going to watch the fight because it's a fight I want to see and it's going to be a good fight."

As for picking a favourite, GSP gives a slight edge to the last man he faced before turning over the title.

"Striking wise they both have the capacity to knock each other out.  I'll give the edge to Hendricks because he has an edge in the wrestling and grappling."

Georges St-Pierre (Photo: Bacardi Canada)

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