Following his controversial split decision victory over Johny Hendricks at UFC 167, longtime welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre tentatively announced his retirement. On December 13th, during a UFC conference call, the thirty-two year old confirmed that he was in fact taking a hiatus from the sport. However, it’s still unclear if his leave is permanent, and the champ was very careful to avoid mentioning the word retirement during the entire session.
Although it’s not certain if St-Pierre will ever return to professional fighting, one thing is set in stone: if he ever does, it will have to be under the UFC banner.
After St-Pierre disconnected from the conference call, UFC President Dana White was asked about the status of the longtime champ’s contract. He confirmed that St-Pierre’s contract with the promotion would be frozen until he decided to return. That means St-Pierre is free to pursue anything outside of mixed martial arts but is not legally allowed to fight for any other promotions other than the UFC.
White can rest a little easier at night knowing that one of his biggest stars who just walked away from his company can’t sign with Bellator.