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On the heels Georges (Rush) St. Pierre's decision to vacate the welterweight title, UFC brass will waste no time crowning a new champion.
Not only has Georges (Rush) St. Pierre made the sensible decision to take an indefinite leave of absence from mixed martial arts, he's set an example other professional athletes can learn from, even if he may one day return to the cage.
wasn't leaving any time soon.
Whether it's the result of the intoxicating thrills of being on top of the world, or years of bad financial decisions, the history books are littered with competitors who overstayed their welcome.
However, former middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva still owns the most consecutive UFC title defences with 10.
St. Pierre went on to defend the championship nine times, setting a new record for the welterweight division. He also established benchmarks for victories under the UFC banner at 19 and wins in UFC title fights at 12.
decided I need to take time off. I know the UFC is a business and they can't wait for my little personal (problems). They have to keep things rolling. So I've vacated my title out of respect to the other competitors. One day, when I feel like it, I might come back. But right now, I need a break. classy as St. Pierre's announcement is, it's not exactly shocking.
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Currently ranked No. 1 at welterweight, Hendricks lost a controversial split decision to St. Pierre at UFC 167 last month. That same night, Lawler won a thrilling split decision over Rory MacDonald to secure the No. 3 spot.
Whether or not the proud Canadian ever returns to fighting, he has cemented his spot as the greatest welterweight in MMA history.
If a fighter can't retain the laser focus necessary to compete at a high level, there's no shame in calling it quits.
securing a TKO victory over Serra to unify the belts four months later.
a lot of pressure, St. Pierre began. fight, I'm carrying weight on my shoulders. With every fight, you add more weight on your shoulders. At one point, it becomes so heavy that I have a hard time carrying it myself. Physically, I'm 100% I'm still young and on top of the world but mentally, I just feel I can't go through another training camp right now and I don't know when I will be able to.
During his lengthy championship reign, St. Penn, Jon Fitch, Josh Koscheck and Jake Shields, before being sidelined for a year due to a torn ACL. Despite this lengthy hiatus, he reclaimed his throne in late 2012, netting wins over Carlos Condit, Nick Diaz and Hendricks.
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He originally claimed the 170 pound strap with a TKO win over Matt Hughes on Nov. 18, 2006, but quickly lost the championship via TKO to Matt Serra less than five months later. He then captured the interim title with a submission win over Hughes on Dec. 29, 2007, before Converse Chuck 2 White
St. Pierre is arguably the biggest star MMA has ever produced. Yet, none of the money, the fame, nor the controversy from his last fight can deter him from fixing his personal life and rightly so.
It's an unfortunate reality of combat sports that too many fighters don't know when to step away from the limelight.
During a media call Friday, St. Pierre refused to go into further detail regarding the issues that keep him up at night, but admitted the stress of being champion had become too much to bear. He also shot down the notion that he's walking away due to health concerns.
agree with him 100%, White said on the call. is fighting. You have to be 100% mentally, physically and emotionally (invested). If not, you should sit out and wait until you get your stuff cleared up. I think it's the right move. Pierre's decision to vacate the title comes roughly two weeks away from the six year anniversary of his current championship stint. He's left behind a legendary run in the welterweight division that will be tough to top.
After an ill fated maiden voyage as welterweight champ, St. Pierre's thrashing of Jon Fitch at UFC 87 in 2008 marked his first successful title defence.
At the post fight press conference, UFC president Dana White was critical of St. Pierre's decision. However, he now feels the Montreal fighter has made the right move.
Here's a list of the most important fights of his career.
content, St. Pierre said. were a lot of things I wanted to do. I wanted to be the greatest. I also said before that I wanted to do things to be remembered. I wanted to do things to be remembered, make a difference in the sport and make the sport reach a different level. of whether or not fans get the privilege of watching him fight again, St. Pierre has left on mark on MMA that won't soon be forgotten.
The Tristar welterweight made similar remarks immediately following his ninth consecutive title defence, a debatable split decision win against Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 last month. If anything, the news may be disappointing to fans who were clamouring for an immediate rematch.
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an absolute gunfight, White said.
Though St. Pierre said he plans to return to the cage one day, he admitted he could retire tomorrow without regret.
During a media call Friday, UFC president Dana White announced Johny (Bigg Rigg) Hendricks will battle Robbie (Ruthless) Lawler to crown a new 170 pound kingpin in the co main event of UFC 171 in Dallas March 15.
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