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Le Secret Plan: Former Manager Says GSP Wants Diaz, Hendricks, and Silva Before Retiring


(After defeating Silva by a shocking first round KO, Rush will remove his mask to reveal that HE WAS KEYSER SOZE THE ENTIRE TIME. Photo courtesy of Fighters.com)

Earlier this week, Georges St. Pierre’s former manager, Stephane Patry, wrote a column where he revealed the champion’s “secret plan” for ending his MMA career in three fights. We don’t read French (not because we can’t, just out of principle…’Merica!) so we relied on MMA Fighting’s Mike Chiappetta to give us the details.

Patry wrote that on Jan. 11, while dining with St-Pierre and a few other friends at a restaurant in the city, the group discussed his fighting future. And during that time, according to Patry, St-Pierre discussed a “detailed” and “intelligent” plan that would take him possibly to the end of his career.

It would consist of only three fights: his Saturday night UFC 158 bout against Nick Diaz, one more title defense against Johny Hendricks, and then, the long-awaited super fight with middleweight champion Anderson Silva.

Chiappetta followed up with St. Pierre and his head trainer, Firas Zahabi, but both of their memories seemed to be fuzzy about that night, so many, many months…well, a month ago, basically. ”I don’t know,” Georges told Chiappetta, “I don’t know. I don’t remember saying anything like this. I don’t think so. I’m focusing on Nick Diaz right now.”

How convenient, Georges. I’m not calling you a liar, I’d just like to know WHERE YOU KEEP THE MISSILE CODES, SECRET AGENT MAN.

Zahabi also demurred, saying, “I don’t think Georges probably said that in that way, the way it was written. I read the article. It was very strong. I don’t think Georges thinks that far ahead, honestly. He would not overlook Diaz.”

Buuuut, Zahabi went on to say that if St. Pierre did manage to pull off that trifecta in his next three fights, that would be totally badass and he’d tell the champ that he should retire, having nothing left to prove. Not like he and Georges are thinking of anything like that, of course:

I think if that happened, if Georges beat [Diaz and] Hendricks and Silva, I’d tell him, ‘Retire. It’s over. There’s nothing else to do. There’s no bigger fight. Just retire. Enjoy your life.’ Ideally, the Silva fight is the last fight of his career, win or lose.

What do you think, Nation? Is Georges looking past Diaz like he did against Matt Serra back in 2007, or is his mind simply capable of walking and chewing gum at the same time, so to speak?

All of these questions will finally be answered Saturday night. You’ll probably want to spend the evening with the rest of us degenerates, drinking heavily, throwing stockton heybuddies at will, and getting all the play-by-play action and analysis through our live blog, which goes live at 10:00 PM EST.

- Elias Cepeda

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nick diaz and the dub sack- March 14, 2013 at 2:25 pm
GSP's openening the door for Rory Mac. If GSP knocks off Hendricks there's still an interesting challenge in Rory but if he moves up then retires that leaves Rory a clear path to the belt without fighting Georges. They're teammates and have said before they don't want to fight.
Fried Taco- March 14, 2013 at 2:11 pm
I don't read French because I'm not gay. As in "gay Paris".
lowcutfilms- March 14, 2013 at 2:10 pm
His head trainer is Zahabi, not Zihabi :)
whiterice- March 14, 2013 at 12:43 pm
Sounds like a decent plan, but by the time GSP-Silva actually happened, there would be someone else flapping his mouth and pissing Georges off, or some other deserving contender. At least Georges seems to realize he doesn't want to go out like guys like Lidel, who are on top of the mountain one minute, and forcibly retired the next.
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