UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre Vacates Title
During a conference call Friday, UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre announced that he will vacate his belt. Following his last fight, a split-decision victory over Johny Hendricks that sparked a significant controversy, St-Pierre had announced that he would be taking time off for personal reasons.
By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA
Long-standing UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre announced that he will vacate the UFC belt. The announcement came during a special UFC conference call Friday.
Following St-Pierre’s last fight, a split-decision victory over Johny Hendricks at UFC 167, the champion announced that he would need to take some time off for personal reasons. Since that time, UFC President Dana White has vocally criticized the champion’s decision, calling for Hendricks to be given an immediate rematch and saying GSP would not retire.
St-Pierre will stand true to his intentions, however, as he plans to take time away from the sport indefinitely.
” I’ve been fighting for a very long time at a high level, it’s a lot of pressure, a lot of criticism,” St-Pierre said in an opening statement. ”I decided I needed to take a time off, I know the UFC is a business and they can’t wait on my personal [business] they need to keep things rolling. I’m vacating my title for the other competitors.”
During his UFC career, Georges St-Pierre was able to amass a number of impressive records inside the Octagon. He holds the UFC record for most wins in the UFC (19) and most title bout wins (12), surpassing Matt Hughes and Anderson Silva, respectively. He has also spent an impressive 5 hours, 28 minutes and 12 seconds inside the Octagon, surpassing BJ Penn.