The aftermath of last weekend's (Nov. 16, 2013) shocking announcement from Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre, that he would be walking away from the getting-punched-in-the-face business after defeating Johny Hendricks at UFC 167, is still sending shockwaves throughout the mixed martial arts (MMA) community.
From claims of an ailing father and an unplanned pregnancy, to reports of a bogus mutlimillion dollar lawsuit, the rumors as to what exactly is driving the French-Canadian "crazy" have been spreading like wildfire, some of which have since been debunked.
Nevertheless, St. Pierre, has kept a tight seal on his secrets and is determined to take as much time as he needs to rid himself of the ghosts that are keeping him up at night.
UFC President Dana White was defiant when telling the media during the post-fight press conference that "Rush" simply couldn't walk away after narrowly edging out "Bigg Rigg," proclaiming that the champ had an obligation to the fans, UFC and Hendricks himself to sign on for an instant rematch.
A sentiment Ted Ehrhardt, Johny's manager, echoed during a recent appearance on "The MMA Hour:"
"I haven't heard anything from the UFC, but I am (sure Hendricks' next fight will be a rematch) because Dana makes things happen. I mean, Anderson (Silva) after the (Chris) Weidman loss said he was done, then next thing you know, they've got a rematch scheduled. Dana makes the fights happen that the fans want to see. He's been great about that. GSP, being the champion he's been, surely would not want to go out on a fight that he lost and got a win. No respectful champion would want to go out on those terms. So I'm confident between that and Dana White making it happen, that yeah, we'll have a rematch next fight."
"I would hope GSP would come back and do the right thing. If he's going through stuff, of course you feel bad for a guy for that. But he's made a lot of money in this sport. Like Dana said, he owes it to the sport, not just Johny and the UFC. The sport of MMA has really made him who he is, just like it has Johny. That's what the fans are going to want. They're going to want a rematch, Johny versus GSP. The fans are what make the UFC. The fans are what make Johny, GSP, any of these guys. And that's the [group] that should get what they deserve. All those people that spent that money on that pay-per-view deserve to be able to see another fight and get to watch it."
Ehrhardt went on to say that should St. Pierre's hiatus prove to be too long, then it would be best for all parties involved if he would just give up the belt in order for Hendricks to fight for it one more time against whoever UFC matchmakers see fit.
And Johny will be back in training camp by the end of the week, according to his official Twitter account, which is sure to please fans who were afraid "Bigg Rigg" would be benched for six months after this injury report.
For now, Team Hendricks, just like the rest of us, will have to play the waiting game to see what exactly "Rush" intends to do with the rest of his MMA career.