After Georges St-Pierre successfully defended his welterweight championship Saturday night at UFC 167 in a controversial decision over Johny Hendricks, things got weird.
For one thing, many thought Hendricks won the fight going away. His heavy hands left GSP’s face swollen and scarred, while Hendricks looked like he had just come from a day at the spa. But GSP won and then things got really weird.
GSP told everybody he needed to take some time off and didn’t rule out retirement. He spoke about having some personal problems that he wouldn’t discuss.
“I can’t sleep at night now. I’m going crazy.” GSP said. “I have issues. I need to relax. I need to get out for a while. I don’t know what I’m going to do.”
Dana White flipped out, saying GSP owed Hendricks and UFC to give the challenger a rematch right away.
“You don’t just say ‘Hey. I’m going to take a while off and maybe I’ll be back, maybe I won’t.’ You owe it to the fans, you owe it to that belt, you owe it to this company [the UFC] and you owe it to Johny Hendricks to give him that opportunity to fight again,” White said. “Unless you’re going to retire.”
“Like the whole obsession thing … 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.”
Well, White may be eating those words if the latest rumors are true. TMZ Sports reported Sunday that GSP’s father is dying and that St-Pierre is also dealing with an unplanned pregnancy.
Whether those rumors are true or not doesn’t really matter. After everything St-Pierre has done for the Ultimate Fighting Championship and its fans, he owes nothing to anyone. White cooled a bit after speaking to GSP privately, but it’s the type of situation where White needs to be more respectful. While his widely known as a loudmouth, that’s no excuse.
So even though White later said he’s “confident” St-Pierre will return to the octagon, here’s hoping he hangs up his gloves for good.