UFC Welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre will be taking a hiatus from mixed martial arts.
During a conference call, the Canadian superstar said he had some personal issues in his life and needed some time away from the sport. St-Pierre, has risen to become one of MMA’s top stars in the past 10 years. Although his fighting schedule may have only included one fight a year, the man was still a celebrity and was constantly in the spotlight. That kind of pressure gets to people, especially the folks who try and lead a quiet life.
UFC President Dana White agreed that St-Pierre stepping away and sorting out his life is a good idea. As he said, you have to be 100 percent committed to fighting.
As for the welterweight title, White announced that Robbie Lawler will take on Johny Hendricks at UFC 171 in March 2014, in Dallas. I cannot think of two better candidates for this match. Hendricks has been considered the No. 1 contender for the UFC welterweight championship and nearly captured it back at UFC 167 while Lawler has been on a tear since his returned to the octagon back in February.
Still, St-Pierre’s hiatus is not permanent and I suspect he will be returning at some point in the next two years. Once he gets himself back in shape mentally and watches a couple of fights, he will call the UFC and announce that he is ready to return.
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