Georges St-Pierre retained his Welterweight title last night (Sat., Nov. 16, 2013) by the skin of his teeth (see scorecards here) in the main event of UFC 167, which took place from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Johny Hendricks battered the French-Canadian for most of the five-round championship bout, but in the end, St. Pierre convinced two of the three judges sitting ringside that he had done just enough leave mixed martial arts (MMA) on a winning note.
That's right, a tired shaken and reluctant St. Pierre announced that he was "hanging up his gloves" and walking away from the sport "for a little bit" because some "personnal things are happening."
Here is the full transcription of his UFC 167 post-fight speech with Joe Rogan:
"Everyone, there was a lot of talk about what was going to happen [after this fight]. I have a bunch of stuff happening and I need to hang up my gloves for a little bit. I hope my fans can appreciate [the decision]. Thank you to everyone , UFC and Johny Hendricks. I have to go away for a little bit … there are some personal things happening. I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart to the UFC for giving me this chance. Thank you very much. I have to step away for a bit … that's all I can say [for now]. I was getting punched in the head a little, later on I will make [my point]. I got to go away for a little but, I'm very emotional right now."
St. Pierre leaves the sport, at least for now, as the winningest champion in the history of the promotion, defending his undisputed 170-pound title on nine separate occasions since 2008. He has clearly earned some time off, but at just 32 years old -- and the biggest UFC draw -- one has to wonder for just how long.