For the first time since 2007, the Ultimate Fighting Championship crowned a new welterweight champion on Saturday at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. Johny Hendricks defeated Robbie Lawler to capture the vacant belt that Georges St-Pierre voluntarily relinquished after nine consecutive title defenses.
St-Pierre announced following his UFC 167 split decision win over Hendricks on Nov. 16 that he was hanging the gloves up for a while. Speculation quickly spread about why he walked away. St-Pierre has admitted to having Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and that it played a role in his decision. He’s also talked about how the current drug testing policy was a factor.
UFC president Dana White said that St-Pierre would be returning to fighting during the UFC 171 Post Show on Fox Sports 2 following Saturday’s event. He also said the real reason St-Pierre took a sabbatical was to deal with personal problems in his life.
“This whole thing got blown out of proportion. When we talked to him he said, ‘I’m going to take some time off. I have to deal with some personal problems.’ Everybody has made up their own reasons why he left. I know the reason why he left,” said White.
White wouldn’t go into specifics about what those personal problems are, but said once they’re resolved that the former champion will be back in the cage.
“He’s got personal problems and once he gets them handled he will be back. He never said he was retiring, ever,” said White.
When St-Pierre will be back remains uncertain.
(Courtesy of Fox Sports)