Well, Georges St. Pierre is set to give a press conference with the UFC detailing his future about fighting and his plans to retire or not. It seems that some sources have leaked that GSP will indeed step down as champion, relinquishing his belt and taking an indefinite leave of absence from the sport. This news was reported by a Canadian sports station. MMA Fighting‘s Ariel Helwani recently tweeted about the article:
RDS.ca just reported that GSP will announce he’s taking an indefinite leave from MMA and giving up his belt.
If the rumors and article are indeed true it’s going to be a shame for GSP fans. He is the best welterweight to ever compete in the sport, and he’s arguably one of the greatest fighters to ever step inside a cage. Stepping away for a little while may be best for him as it will give him time to recover from all the years of hard training he sacrificed to remain the welterweight champion.
If he does indeed give up his belt it leaves the division wide open. Some felt Johny Hendricks did enough to beat GSP at UFC 167, so Hendricks would surely be up in the running to fight for the vacant welterweight title. Who he would fight against remains to be seen, but a great opponent for Hendricks would be Robbie Lawler, who is coming off a great win over Rory MacDonald.
Still, GSP has to announce his future fighting plans which will take place later today. So, will GSP give up his welterweight title, a title he has defended 10 times in a row? Stay tuned!
Updated: GSP has decided to take some time off. This was confirmed on the UFC conference call, which took place today. He will relinquish his belt, and he decided to do this out of respect for the competitors in the UFC’s welterweight division. GSP said he didn’t know when he was coming back, but for the time being he is going to take some time away from fighting.