Georges St-Pierre Relinquishes UFC Title; Stepping Away From MMA
In a December 13th press conference in Quebec, Georges St-Pierre has confirmed that after 22 fights in UFC, he is going to take time off. Due to this UFC absence, St-Pierre will relinquish his UFC title.
GSP said, “I need this time off.” At the conference, St-Pierre did not rule out a return to the UFC, but he stated that the pressures of fighting were too much at times. St-Pierre said that this decision was made for personal reasons and was made prior to his UFC 167 title defense against Johny Hendricks.
Although he stated that he believes he will return to the UFC, he does not have a set timetable to return. He is vacating the belt so that no one will have to wait for his return for a chance at the title.
GSP commented on vacating the belt, “I don’t want to make nobody wait. I want to (return) when I feel like it. It has to be on my terms.”
When and if he returns, St-Pierre stated that he would be willing to fight his way to be champ again or just fight the future Welterweight champion.
At the press conference, Dana White announced that Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler will fight for vacant title on March 15th in Dallas, Texas.
Dana White also had high praise for the former champion. “His legacy is he is the greatest welterweight ever,” said White. “GSP is the gold standard in everything. He handles everything like a professional, he really does….If I had 475 guys like Georges St-Pierre my life would be a lot easier.”
Dana White does not think this decision is permanent. “I do believe Georges St-Pierre will fight again,” said the UFC chief. “He needs to button some things up in his personal life and then we will see him again.” White has to be hoping that his top draw returns.
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