“I can’t sleep at night, man, I’m going crazy,” UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre said following his victory at UFC 167 (shown above). “I have issues and I need to get out for a while. I don’t know what I’m going to do.”
By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA
Following UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre’e successful title defense against Johny Hendricks at UFC 167, the champion uttered a statement that confused more people than did the much-debated judges’ decision: St-Pierre said he would be hanging up his gloves for a while.
St-Pierre would go on to say that he needed to focus on his life outside of the cage, but he would not, despite cageside announcer Joe Rogan’s repeated questions, state if he was retiring.
The statement left many confused and upset, most notably his opponent Johny Hendricks and UFC President Dana White – both of whom explicitly called for a rematch.
But St-Pierre would stick to his guns, later telling MMAjunkie about some of the stress he is experiencing in his day to day life.
“I can’t sleep at night, man,” St-Pierre said. “I’m going crazy. I have issues and I need to get out for a while. I don’t know what I’m going to do… I feel like I’m leaving everything out now, but I need to leave part of my life personal. I need to get out for a little bit, and that’s it.
“There’s stuff going on in my life, and I need to make a point in my life again, and it’s my personal life. I can’t speak to you about this. I know you’re a reporter and I know your job is to find out, but I have a personal life, and I keep personal some of my stuff.”
It’s a sentiment St-Pierre would repeat at the post-fight press conference as well.
“Not right now,” he responded to further questions about the issues he faced. “I can’t tell you. I just got hit – I just came out of a freaking war with a guy that hit like a truck. My brain got bashed left and right inside my skull, so I need to think and see what’s going to happen.
“I got very emotional, and I’m going to have a talk with the guys and see what’s going to happen. I want to say thank you to everyone for their support. The UFC has always been with me and always supported me. They’re the ones who made my lifestyle with my family, so I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart to them. I would never turn my back to the UFC, ever, ever.”
About the UFC and Dana White’s confusion and frustration, St-Pierre conceded that he put the organization in a difficult situation.
“I understand from their point of view,” he said. “It’s bad for them if I leave like this. Like I said, I need to make a point.”
Dana White said he would be talking with the champion and try to figure out what is going on that would cause such a sudden, and inconveniently timed, departure.
“We’ll talk,” White said. “I’m going to talk to the guy. He doesn’t want to talk about it, he said it 10 times. I’ll talk to him. He and I will leave here, and we will go talk.”
Until more light is shed on the situation, we’ll just have to wait and hope for the best. But St-Pierre expressed his hope that the fans at least enjoyed what was arguably the toughest of his more recent fights.
“The only thing I can say about this fight is I gave my best. Like it or hate it, I gave everything I have, and I want to say thanks to Johny for the fight, and thank you to the fans. I hope they appreciate the show, and I left everything in there.”Tags: Dana White, georges st. pierre, gsp, gsp vs hendricks, hendricks vs gsp, hendricks vs. st-pierre, johny hendricks, mma, MMA NEWS, st-pierre vs. hendricks, ufc, UFC 167, ufc news