UFC Welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre is currently enjoying some time off, vacationing after his split decision victory over No. 1 ranked contender Johny Hendricks at UFC 167. When that vacation ends, St-Pierre will be under pressure to make a decision regarding his future in the fight game.
Some people, especially UFC president Dana White and Hendricks, will be especially interested in what St-Pierre decides to do regarding his immediate future. Others, like the man that is known as St-Pierre's mentor, Kristof Midoux, will want to know what St-Pierre's short and long-term plans will be.
From comments they have made since the November 16 fight, it's obvious that White and Hendricks are anxious for St-Pierre to say that he is gong to get back in the Octagon as soon as humanly possible for a rematch against Hendricks. As for Midoux, a huge influence on St-Pierre since he began his training in mixed martial arts, he has no desire to see St-Pierre ever set foot inside the Octagon again.
Speaking to Le Journal de Montreal Midoux said:
I think Georges will abandon his belt and there will be a world championship without him. The decision is up to him and I expect him to come back from vacation to sit and talk with him.
But he is aware that he needs to rest. It must leave room for anything else in his heart.
If St-Pierre does decide to fight after UFC 167, Midoux said he will not be in the champion's corner:
I think he made the biggest career in this sport, but 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 all dream to accomplish.
He has another life awaits. I think he has many other things to do, instead of trying to find out who is the strongest in the world, because he has proved that it was him.
St-Pierre, in his second stint as UFC welterweight champion has held that title since defeating Matt Serra at UFC 83 in April, 2008. He currently has nine consecutive title defenses and an overall record of 25-2. St-Pierre's only losses have come in UFC title fights, losing to Matt Hughes at UFC 50 and Serra at UFC 69. St-Pierre is currently riding a 12-fight winning streak in the UFC, second only to Anderson Silva's record of 16 straight victories.
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