Georges St. Pierre Vacating His Title, Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler At UFC 171 Fight For Belt

Former UFC welterweight champion, Georges St. Pierre confirmed tonight that he’s vacating his title after an emotional meltdown over the past months, something that’s led to the UFC booking a showdown between Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler at UFC 171 on March 15th in Dallas, Texas for a title match for the belt.

This is the gist of what was said during tonight’s conference call:

Georges St. Pierre: ” I’ve been fighting for a very long time at a high level. A lot of pressure, a lot of criticism. I decided I need to take some time off. I know the UFC is a business. I will vacate my title for my respect for the sake of other competitor’s.”
GSP: “What people don’t understand is, the position I am at is a lot of pressure. Every fight is like you add weight on your shoulder. At one point it becomes so heavy I have trouble carrying it myself. I can not go through another training camp right now.”
Dana White: I agree with Georges 100%. You have to be 100% mental, physical, emotional. If you’re not you should have to sit on the sidelines.”
GSP: “I am 100% physically. It is more emotionally, I need this. I need to have a normal life for a bit.”
GSP: ” I am going to keep training, keep improving. I am going to live more of a normal life. Of course (helping fighters at Tristar). I will focus on something else and keep training. If I come back one day I will come back much better.”
GSP: ” I knew before (UFC 167) that I was going to do this.”
GSP: “I know one day I will come back. I want to do it when I feel like it. It is going to be up to me. It has to be on my terms.”
GSP: “I love my sport. I have never been a victim of anything, I choose this life. As much as I choose to do it, I now choose to not do it. I feel mentally that it is a lot of pressure. No one can understand it.”
GSP: “I can’t say 100%. I am just tired of this. One day if I decide to come back, I will be stronger”
GSP: ” I keep my personal life personal.”
GSP: ” If one day I decide to come back I will talk to Dana and Lorenzo. If I need to prove myself again, I will. If I decide and when I decide I will do whatever it takes to get there. “
GSP: “My life is a freaking zoo right now”
GSP: “There is alot of things I wanted to do. I wanted to do things to be remembered, to make a difference in the sport. I tried to do it in my last fight. We’ll see if I come back or not.”
Dana White ” March 15th. Johnny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler for the vacant welterweight title.”
Dana: “We knew something was going on with him. GSP has always been 100% professional. It’s really not that big of a deal. He was classy enough to say he wasn’t going to jam up the 170 pound division. “
Dana: “Georges has been here forever. He has been an absolute professional. His legacy is that he is the greatest welterweight ever. If I had 475 guys like Georges St. Pierre we would be a lot better. He is the gold standard.”

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