Georges St. Pierre has been one of the best welterweights ever in MMA, but recently he has been thinking about taking some time away from the sport to clear his mind and get things right in his personal life. Today, it’s official: GSP is giving up his welterweight title and will be taking some time away from the sport.
Whether or not he comes back to fight remains to be seen, but he will no longer fight in the UFC. After GSP revealed this news, Dana White confirmed that the first ever match for the vacant title will be Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler. This bout will be on March 15, 2014 and will take place in Dallas, TX. This is huge news for both Hendricks and Lawler, who will finally get the chance to compete for the coveted welterweight belt.
Hendricks is coming off a controversial split decision loss to GSP, so he feels he’s already the welterweight champ and will be looking to prove this against Lawler. Lawler is coming off one of his biggest wins against Rory MacDonald. He’s been on an impressive tear as of late, and he will be looking to prove he has what it takes to be a champion.
For GSP, he leaves the sport as the best ever welterweight to compete inside the sport of mixed martial arts, and he really had nothing left to prove. It’s commendable to see him go out on top, and best wishes to him and his team in his future endeavors.