Georges St. Pierre Says He Will "Step Away For a Little While"

Published on November 17th, 2013 3:56 am EST

Georges St. Pierre narrowly defeated Johny Hendricks via split decision to retain his Welterweight title on Saturday night at UFC 167.

The result was very controversial, as most people gave Hendricks the victory. Two of the three judges disagreed, and GSP is still the UFC's Welterweight champion.

In the post-fight interview, Georges St. Pierre shocked everyone by announcing that he was taking some time off from the UFC to tend to some personal issues. When pressed by Joe Rogan if he was retiring, St. Pierre re-iterated that he was hanging up the gloves for "a while", and may be back in the future.

This announcement from St. Pierre obviously throws the Welterweight title picture into disarray. If St. Pierre doesn't make that announcement, the UFC almost certainly makes a lucrative Hendricks/St. Pierre rematch (this fight would have been one of the biggest in UFC history).

Instead, St. Pierre goes on hiatus with the Welterweight title, and Hendricks will have to wait a long time (if he gets the chance at all) to have his rematch against St. Pierre.

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So, assuming that St. Pierre sticks to his plan to step away from the UFC for a year or two, what will happen in the UFC's Welterweight division?

In my opinion, the only thing that makes sense is to have Robbie Lawler square off against Johny Hendricks for the interim belt. Let's assume that this fight happens in the spring.

Following that, the UFC can hope that St. Pierre decides to cap his hiatus at one year and return to fight the winner of Hendricks/Lawler.

If St. Pierre decides to retire completely, the UFC will obviously strip him of the title and book a match between the two #1 contenders for the vacant Welterweight title.

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UFC President Dana White was NOT happy in the post-UFC 167 press conference, and it's not hard to see why. Not only is his biggest draw stepping away from an indefinite period of time, but the UFC is also going to miss out on a lucrative Hendricks/St. Pierre rematch, at least for the time being.


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