It has come to light that long time UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre is vacating his title.
In large speculation before his recent title defence against Johnny Hendricks, there was major speculation that GSP would take a sabbatical from the sport. This from the recent UFC press conference has been confirmed.
'Rush' claims that it is personal problems that he cannot comment on that has forced him to leave the sport.
It seems that a lot of criticism may be due to St. Pierre to vacate his title. His style was criticised by many, with him fighting for a decision win instead of trying to finish the fight. GSP's last victory via stoppage came in January 2009 against BJ Penn, a natural Lightweight who shouldn't have really been in the cage with the Canadian.
St. Pierre too claims he has not been able to live a 'normal life and its time to live a normal life.'
There are several rumours on why GSP has left the sport so suddenly. Some claim that his father is severely ill and that he is leaving to spend time with him.
Others claim that the Canadian is becoming a father to a mysterious woman, after a one night stand.
UFC President Dana White said on GSP: "The guy's been here forever. This isn't some guy, like Jon Jones, who just burst on the scene...He's the greatest welterweight ever, and as far as working with us, there's nobody better...He handles everything like a professional. He really does."
However St. Pierre hasn't ruled out a move back to MMA. He is content on fighting as a challenger if he returns to the UFC and he will continue to train and come back stronger.
Dana White has now arranged that Johnny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler will fight for the vacant title on March 15th in Dallas, Texas.
Hendricks is recently coming off a major thin defeat to GSP, in a fight that many claim he should have got the nod. Before the loss, Hendricks defeated the likes of Carlos Condit and Martin Kampmann. 'Big Rigg' possesses quite possible the most power in his left hand within the UFC ranks.
Lawler has had one of the best comebacks in MMA. Entering the UFC losing his last three of four fights in Strikeforce, Lawler met Josh Koscheck in a fight that most fought 'Kos' would cruise to victory. However a surprise KO was followed by an easy KO of Bobby Voelker. He then produced possibly the upset of the year by defeated top five Welterweight Rory McDonald via split decision.
George St. Pierre will be very missed within the UFC. He was one of the UFC's biggest PPV draws and his dominance was loved by fans. He is an extremely well rounded fighter with without doubt the best MMA wrestling in the sport.
He walks away with a current 25-2 record, going 20-2 in the UFC. His legacy with Matt Hughes will be most remembered and he holds the most UFC title defences.
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