Just four days removed from the shocking announcement made by Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre that he would be stepping away from the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) due to sleep-depriving problems, UFC President Dana White says "GSP's" break could be much shorter than anticipated and revealed that a rematch against Johny Hendricks is indeed "on track."
"As far as a rematch, we're on schedule and I'll have a date within a couple weeks," White told L.A. Times. "I feel confident that Georges is fine with that and all is on track."
"Rush" gave what seemed to be a farewell speech (read it here) shortly after besting "Bigg Rigg" -- albeit controversially -- last weekend (Nov. 16, 2013) at UFC 167 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Since then, rumors -- such as an ailing father and unplanned pregancy -- have been spreading like wildfire as to what exactly has been troubling the French-Canadian; some of which have since been debunked, as was the case when the TMZ-fueled report was put to rest by St-Pierre's sister and Georges himself, according to White.
What wasn't mentioned was another claim that a pending lawsuit with his former manager, Shari Spencer, is at the root of all of the craziness. Spencer, for one, denied being a problem to which TMZ, yet again, tried to prove otherwise.
Nevertheless, White is confident that St-Pierre will straighten out his dilemma and will indeed sign on the dotted line to give Hendricks an immediate rematch -- once "GSP" comes back from his well-deserved vacation -- something Dana believes "Big Rigg " deserves.
Unlike Alexander Gustafsson, who didn't get the same opportunity after his title fight against Jon Jones at UFC 165.
White explained the differences to MMA Fighting (via BJPenn.com):
"The situation was different with that one because Jon said, ‘I already beat him. Now I want to fight Glover Teixeira.' He goes, ‘I'll give him the rematch after.' Jon had this plan where he wanted to beat another contender and then he'd do the rematch. I respected that. Who's Georges going to fight? Who would be next? He already fought Condit. Johny deserves this rematch. Every fight is different. You can't look at other situations and go, ‘but in this fight...' Every fight is different. Johny Hendricks deserves this rematch."
While White wouldn't commit to a date or location for the St-Pierre vs. Hendricks 2 fight, a possible setting could be the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas -- Johny's hometown -- as the promotion recently announced that they would touch down in "Big D" on March 15, 2014 for UFC 171.
Las Vegas, however, will likely not be the host after White blasted the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) following what he felt was a botched decision by the judges and later revealed that he was "scared" to bring big fights to the fight capitol of the world.
Nevertheless, it seems White has cooled off a bit and is confident the NSAC will make a change for the better.
"It's not the commissioners who I have a problem with, I have great respect for the commissioners," White said. "I honestly believe change is going to happen, that the athletic commissioners in Nevada will fix the problem."
And from the looks of it, the wheels of change are already in motion.