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Georges St. Pierre Forfeits Welterweight Title, Taking Extended Leave
Georges St. Pierre is no longer the UFC Welterweight Champion. After weeks of speculation, the king of the 170lb division has decided its time to hang up his 4oz gloves and take an extended leave from the sport.
During a conference call today alongside UFC President Dana White, GSP discussed vacating the title and taking time away.
“15 of my fights were for a world title,” sid St-Pierre. “It is a lot of pressure. I decided I need to take time off. I know the UFC is a business they can’t wait for my little person. One day when I feel like it I might come back, but right now I need a break. So I vacate my belt.”
“At every fight you add weight, you add weight you add weight, and at some point for my equilibrium, I have to take a break. I can’t go through a camp right now… So I vacated my title.”
“Instead of having a red tape on my wrist, I’ll have a blue tape – I’ll be the challenger.”
“I never felt better physically, It is emotionally I need this. I want to live a little bit of a normal life. (I will be part of Tristar) but I wont have the pressure of competing.”
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