Well that's a fine how do you do.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre has been contemplating his retirement following his split-decision win over Johny Hendricks in the main event of UFC 167, which took place back on Nov. 16, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Or at the very least, an extended vacation.
Unfortunately for "Rush," the news went over like a lead balloon, as UFC President Dana White -- as well as a scorned Hendricks -- insisted that St-Pierre was on the hook for an immediate rematch, considering the controversial nature in which their first fight ended.
But if and when the 170-pound kingpin does return, he'll have to do it without his cornerman, Kristof Midoux (via Fighters Only):
"He is aware that he needs to rest. He must make space for other things in his heart If he decides to return, for any reason, I will not be in his corner. I do not want to see him suffer more, having accomplished what people can only dream of accomplishing. He has another life waiting for him. I think he has many other things to do. He doesn't need to prove who is the strongest any more, he has proved that he was it. And right now I don't see any fighter who deserves to fight against him. I would be the first to tell him he cannot retire because there is such and such person he must beat before doing so. [But there isn't, so] let them all fight for a good year to see who emerges from the crowd."
The champ is just 32 years old.
Midoux has a legitimate argument if he's concerned for St-Pierre's health (he's not the only one), but weakens his position by also claiming that no other welterweight deserves to fight him. Aside from "Bigg Rigg," I see a few names on this list who might think otherwise.
In the meantime, all we can do is wait.
St-Pierre has not yet revealed what his personal issues are that have made him so nutty in recent months, but he does insist they have nothing to do with life and death, so now it's a question of whether he was just being overly emotional at UFC 167, or if he is indeed saying goodbye.
Time will tell.