Remember yesterday when TMZ.com claimed the reasons reigning UFC welterweight king Georges St-Pierre (pictured) wants to take a temporary leave from mixed martial arts because his father is dying and he impregnated a woman who he doesn’t want to have a baby with, but she insists on keeping the child?
Well, those rumors are completely false – this according to UFC president Dana White.
“[St-Pierre] is denying those rumors that TMZ is reporting about those two things,” White told LA Times reporter Lance Pugmire.
Following Saturday’s controversial split decision victory over Johny Hendricks at UFC 167, St-Pierre unexpectedly announced he would be impermanently walking away from MMA at the height of his career to deal with some private matters.
White was initially livid with St-Pierre for his abrupt announcement, but after talking with his biggest pay-per-view draw said GSP’s “problems aren’t as bad as he thinks they are” and would most likely be back in action sooner rather than later.
Based off White’s response to Pugmire, it leads one to believe that he had to check with GSP regarding TMZ’s report. However, why would he need to do so if St-Pierre already told him what the issue was? Shouldn’t White have said something like, ‘That’s not true based on what Georges told me’?
Perhaps St-Pierre never disclosed to White his exact problems during their brief chat following the UFC 167 post-fight press conference and White is simply assuming GSP will be back shortly to grant Hendricks an immediate rematch based off the vibe he was getting.
Speaking of Part II…
“As far as a rematch, we’re on schedule and I’ll have a date within a couple weeks,” White added. “I feel confident that Georges is fine with that and all is on track.”