Following his controversial split decision victory at UFC 167, UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre tentatively told the audience in attendance at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, that he needed to hang up his gloves for a little bit because he had some personal issues in his life that needed to be dealt with.
UFC President Dana White expressed outrage over the long reigning champion’s announcement.
“There’s no ‘I’m going to go on a cruise. I’m going to be gone for two years. I’m going to take a hiatus. I’m going to take a leave of absence. Whatever the hell it was that he was saying. That’s not how it works. It doesn’t work that way,'” White said angrily at the UFC 167 post-fight press conference.
According to recent reports by TMZ Sports, GSP’s personal problems could be very serious.
“Georges’ dad is dying and it’s derailed him,” sources familiar with the situation told TMZ. “And there’s this … GSP recently learned he knocked up a woman — and he doesn’t want to have a baby with her but she insists on keeping it.”
GSP has yet to comment on these reports, so whether they are actually true or not is questionable.
In an interview with Canadian media outlet La Presse, GSP’s younger sister, Myriam St-Pierre, has repudiated claims of her father being sick.
“My father is doing very well,” she said.
White told reporters following UFC 167 that he spoke to GSP after his fight and the problems aren’t as serious as the champion thinks they are, however, he mentioned no specifics on what the two spoke about.