Georges St Pierre vacates UFC welterweight title

GREG BEACHAM
Last updated 14:14 14/12/2013
Georges St. Pierre
TAKING A BREAK: UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre has vacated his title, citing a desire for a lengthy break.

Relevant offers

Other Sports

New Zealand swimmers caught in the deep end in 2014 Cyclist Greg Henderson to lead NZ team in the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic American supermaxi Comanche sets Sydney to Hobart race pace Veteran Gary Lawson leads newcomers on to nationals bowls stage Wild Oats XI ready for record tilt in Sydney to Hobart race Race for national bowls championship honours wide open French-Kiwi fusion in Jim Delegat's second Sydney-Hobart attempt World sailor of the year Jimmy Spithill is still learning Aussie model Kristy Hinze-Clark opts against sailing in Sydney to Hobart race Darts championship hits the bullseye for Christmas revellers

UFC welterweight champion Georges St Pierre has vacated his title, citing a desire for a lengthy break from mixed martial arts.

At a news conference today, St Pierre said the relentless pressure of training and unspecified personal problems led to his move away from the sport.

St Pierre is considered one of the sport's greatest athletes with 12 straight victories and nine consecutive 170-pound title defenses, including a split decision over Johny Hendricks last month.

He has been the UFC's biggest pay-per-view draw since the departure of heavyweight Brock Lesnar.

St Pierre believes he'll eventually return to the sport, but doesn't want to "jam up" the welterweight division during his absence.

Hendricks will fight Robbie Lawler on March 15 in Dallas for the vacant 170-pound belt, UFC President Dana White says.

Ad Feedback

- AP

Special offers
Opinion poll

Will Shane Cameron beat Kali Meehan on Saturday?

For sure. Cameron will knock him out.

It will be close but I think Cameron on points.

Meehan will knock him out. This is his last fight.

I'm tipping Meehan to win on points.

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content