Following his controversial win over Johny Hendricks last night, UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre revealed his need to take a hiatus from the sport. Though he stopped short at full out retiring, St-Pierre was stern in his decision to take a break from MMA. His decision confused many, but the champion explained at the post-fight press conference that he's dealing with personal issues which he needs to address on his own time.
"I can't sleep at night, man," St-Pierre said, via MMAJunkie. "I'm going crazy. I have issues and I need to get out for a while. I don't know what I'm going to do. I feel like I'm leaving everything out now, but I need to leave part of my life personal. I need to get out for a little bit, and that's it."
This was, of course, unwelcome news for UFC President Dana White. Considering the inconclusive nature of the fight and St-Pierre's plans, White admitted that he was less than pleased with the champion's choice to take time off.
"GSP will not retire after that fight," White said. "He owes it to the fans, he owes it to this company and he owes it Johny Hendricks to do that fight again."
White also blasted the Nevada State Athletic Commission for the judging in last night's main event, noting that he had the fight scored 4-1 in Hendricks' favor.
"Johny Hendricks won," White said. "I only gave Georges St-Pierre the third round. Nevada is a very scary place. This is the worst commission on the planet. I'm afraid to bring fights to Las Vegas. This is the thing that makes people not like fights. I'm still so blown away by it. Georges knew he lost. His corner knew he lost. Hendricks knew he won. These people are despicably horrible. This city is scary.
"The Nevada State Athletic Commission has a lot of work to do before they destroy this sport. If you look at a promoter like me, GSP is the biggest money making guy on the planet, but I want to guy who won the fight to win the fight. It's about what's fair."
Ever the professional, St-Pierre understands where White and company are coming from in regards to the business perspective. He realizes that he's leaving them in the lurch, but whatever it is that he's dealing with is more necessary for him to address than it is to make his bosses happy.
"I understand from their point of view," he said. "It's bad for them if I leave like this. Like I said, I need to make a point."
Though White was open with his frustration, he also lauded St-Pierre with complements. After all, the French-Canadian great has been nothing but a boon for the company so far. At the end of the day, White respects St-Pierre's privacy and wants to sit down with him to talk about exactly what the future holds.
"We'll talk," White said. "I'm going to talk to the guy. He doesn't want to talk about it, he said it 10 times. I'll talk to him. He and I will leave here, and we will go talk."