We have been anxiously awaiting word on the future of UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and we finally received information on Friday afternoon, when UFC president Dana White and the welterweight champion teamed up for a special media conference call.
The conference call was set to provide answers to the questions that everyone has been seeking since St-Pierre said he would like time away from the sport after his controversial split-decision win over Johny Hendricks at UFC 167, and it did just that.
St-Pierre opened up the call and wasted no time announcing that he will be taking time away from the sport. Out of respect to the competitors in the 170-pound division, St-Pierre will be vacating his title.
There was no timetable given for St-Pierre’s return, but he did announce that he will be stepping away from the sport indefinitely.
St-Pierre said that he is feeling strong physically, but the the pressure that comes with defending the title has become too much to deal with as he handles personal issues outside of the octagon. St-Pierre wants to take a mental break from the sport and he vowed to come back stronger.
The vacant welterweight title will now be up for grabs on March 15 as the co-main event of UFC 171 in Dallas, Texas as Johny Hendricks takes on Robbie Lawler.