Nov 16, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Georges St-Pierre is interviewed by Joe Rogan after his welterweight championship bout against Johny Hendricks during UFC 167 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Fighters respond to GSP's leave of absence (video)

Even though the UFC held a fantastic Fox card this weekend, the headlines have been dominated by Georges St-Pierre’s announcement that he is vacating his Welterweight title, and taking a leave of absence from MMA.

Before the UFC on FOX 9 weigh-ins, UFC correspondent, Megan Olivi, spoke to some fighters to get their thoughts on GSP’s decision. The fighters include Light Heavyweight Champion, Jon Jones, Dan Hardy, and Josh Thomson. UFC announcer, Joe Rogan, also gave his thought on GSP’s decision.

Ultimately, it is a sad day for the sport of MMA, but one that was inevitable. GSP never actually uttered the word ‘retirement’ throughout his announcement, so it is possible that he could return in the future. In the meantime, Johny Hendricks will take on Robbie Lawler at UFC 171 for the vacant Welterweight title.

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Tags: Demetrious Johnson Georges St-Pierre Johny Hendricks Jon Jones MMA UFC UFC 167 UFC 171 Urijah Faber

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