Relax, Georges St-Pierre (pictured) fanboys. After talking with his biggest pay-per-view draw, UFC president Dana White is confident St-Pierre’s unexpected leave from mixed martial arts will not be an extended one.
“His problems aren’t as bad as he thinks they are,” White stated after the UFC 167 post-fight press conference. “They’re personal problems. I just talked to him. [UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta] is in there talking to him now. We’ll get through this. I’m confident that he will [get through this].
“I think everything’s going to be fine. I think everything’s going to roll just like it always does.”
After taking a highly controversial split decision victory over Johny Hendricks on Saturday to retain his welterweight title, St-Pierre shocked the MMA world by announcing his plans to temporarily leave the sport to tend to personal issues. At the post-fight presser, St-Pierre refused to disclose what is causing him to lose sleep at night.
Whatever the problem is, White claims time will heal everything. And when it does, a rematch between St-Pierre and Hendricks will be the first order of business.
“One of the things that makes Georges as great as he is – things drive him crazy,” White stated. “Little things drive him nuts. Like the whole ‘obsession’ thing he was talking about. He’s very much that way and he’s obsessing over something else right now that might seem like the end of the world, but it’s not.”
When asked if St-Pierre will need an extended break to get his personal life in order, White said GSP shouldn’t be out longer than usual. In fact, White said Hendricks will wait for “Rush” to return and won’t have to take another fight in the interim.
“I think he’s very emotional about some s*** that’s going on with him right now and it’s really not that bad,” White said in closing. “But to him, it is. To him, it’s like the end of the world. He’s a mentally strong guy, he’s a hard working guy, he’s an honest guy, he’s a good guy. He’ll get it straightened out.
“I don’t think it’s going to be a waiting situation. I don’t think it’s going to be like that. We might have figured everything out tonight.”
So, it seems all will be fine. Perhaps White should have talked to St-Pierre before blasting him at the presser (GSP wasn’t present at the time, of course).