Surprisingly, UFC welterweight king Georges St-Pierre (pictured) taking a highly controversial split decision victory over Johny Hendricks wasn’t the biggest news coming out of UFC 167. After scoring his 12th consecutive victory, with his last nine being of the title defense variety, St-Pierre announced he is taking a temporary leave from MMA.
“It was a lot of talk about what was going to happen. I have a bunch of stuff in my life happening. I need to hang up my gloves for a little bit, at least make a point on my life,”St-Pierre vaguely stated during his post-fight interview. “I have to go away for a little bit, at least. I have personal things happening.”
There was plenty of speculation entering Saturday’s scrap that St-Pierre would retire and leave on top with a win. The 32-year-old doused fuel onto the fire when he said during Thursday’s pre-fight press conference that he might make a special announcement after the bout.
Sources told Fox Sports 1 reporter Ariel Helwani that St-Pierre wanted to take a temporary leave for one year, possibly two, if he won tonight. However, no word on why St-Pierre is walking away at the height of his career.
What will really be interesting is what the UFC will do in GSP’s absence. Who will compete for the interim title? Certainly, Hendricks deserves one of the spots.
If St-Pierre leaves the game for good, he unquestionably left his mark. His resume reads 25-2, most decorated welterweight champion in company history and soon-to-be UFC Hall of Famer.