Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC Welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre has announced that he will take some time off from competing as a Mixed Martial Artist altogether and has vacated his UFC Welterweight Championship belt already, a title he has held since April 2008.
The Canadian announced the news via a media call on Friday. GSP had already put his future up for debate by confirming that he needed some time away from all the fighting and needed some time away from it to resolve some personal issues.
According to St. Pierre, he has been fighting at the very highest level of Mixed Martial Arts for a very long time and it is a pressure cooker situation at the top always. He went on to add that he has realized he needed to take some time off from it. He mentioned that he understands that the UFC is a business and that they cannot wait for him.
Georges St. Pierre admitted that one day, if he felt like it, he might make a comeback to the UFC Octagon but at this particular moment, he needs a break from it.
In his last match inside the UFC Octagon, the Canadian Mixed Martial Arts legend defeated the number one contender Johnny Hendricks at UFC 167 in a controversial decision win to extend his run as the UFC Welterweight champion.
Dana White, the president of the UFC has already announced that Hendricks will take on Robbie Lawler on March 15th for the vacant UFC Welterweight Championship.
Throughout his career, Georges St. Pierre has seen a lot of ups and downs, losing the title in his first defense before winning it back, undergoing knee surgery which put him out for over a year and finally, he has cracked under the pressure of it.