Georges St. Pierre said he needed some time off after his last win, a controversial split decision victory over Johny Hendricks for the UFC welterweight title. After a quick vacation the champion has apparently made up his mind on what he’s going to do.
According to Le Journal de Montreal the champion is scheduled to hold a press conference Friday to announced his future plans. This is being organized by the champion, not the UFC, and thus anything is possible.
Kubryk’s Take: I’d lean on the champ retiring if I was a gambling man, of course, because usually you don’t make an announcement that you’re fighting again at a presser on a Friday. Usually you make those sorts of announcements with your promoter, et al, but I wouldn’t be shocked if GSP wanted to prove he was the better fighter over the Oklahoma State wrestling product either.
An indefinite leave of absence, and abdication of the belt, would be the best odds in any gambling pool. If he wants a year off to “find himself” or whatever then he has to give up the belt, let the division move on, and come back when he’s ready. Zuffa’s reaction will be interesting, as well, and it’ll be curious if the decision leaks early.
It’s anyone’s guess at this point as Firaz Zihabi has stated that he thought GSP’s chances at coming back to fight some more were 50/50. He’s made more than enough money and has accomplished everything he possibly could as a fighter. If he walked away Friday … I don’t see a problem with it. He doesn’t owe anyone anything at this point.
Your take: Hey fight fans, what do you think? Is he staying or going? And, almost as important, do you want him to stay or go?
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