UFC welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre is walking away from the top mixed martial arts promotion in the world. After a a lot of whispers and rumblings GSP champion will relinquish his belt and take time off from fighting and training.
According to St. Pierre,
“I’ve been fighting for a long time. I have 22 fights in the UFC, and 15 were for a world title. I’ve been fighting a long time at a high level, a lot of pressure and criticizing. I’ve decided I needed to take some time off. 15 of my fights were for a world title. I know the UFC is a business they can’t wait for my little person. One day when I feel like it I might come back, but right now I need a break. So I vacate my belt”
Dana White announced last week that Robbie Lawler will face #1 contender Johny Hendricks for the vacated title on March 15th in Dallas, TX at UFC 171. Hendricks lost a split decision to St. Pierre in November that a lot of fans (White included) that thought that Hendricks won.
St. Pierre did say that he could return in the future and would likely get a title fight right away. ‘Rush’ has been acting and one some commercials in addition to a role in the new Captian America sequel. Training camps take a lot of time for athletes and I understand why it’s important to have a normal life instead of living on a strict regimen of training and eating right all the time.