Shortly after 2 p.m. ET, the mixed martial arts world will be eagerly awaiting word from a special media conference call that includes UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and Dana White. The conference call is set to address the future of the champion, who has said he would like to take some time away from MMA.
As we wait for the official word from St-Pierre, a Canadian news outlet is reporting that the champion will vacate his belt and take some time away from MMA.
From RDS.ca (translated by Google):
The organization of the UFC will hold a conference call on Friday, where welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and UFC president Dana White will address the media.
RDS has learned that Georges St-Pierre will announce that he takes a break for an indefinite period. The UFC and put his welterweight title at stake
After the conference call, St-Pierre held a press briefing on its likely future as he invited members of the media at a skating rink in a shopping center in Quebec. He will participate in a brief question and answer period with journalists.
RDS is a reputable Canadian news source, so there is every reason to believe the report will be true.
St-Pierre has been clear that he wants the time off, so vacating the belt would be the fair way to give other 170-pounders a chance to rise to the top in his absence. If he ever decides to return to the sport, he will likely get an immediate title shot.