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Georges St-Pierre Vacates UFC Welterweight Title

Citing pressure and criticism as factors, the 32-year-old has decided to go on indefinite leave.

December 2013 | Declan O'Kelly
Georges St-Pierre Vacates UFC Welterweight Title

Georges St-Pierre (25-2, 8 KOs) has vacated his UFC welterweight title and will take an indefinite leave from the sport. The 32-year-old MMA star announced his decision on Friday during a conference call, a few weeks after telling Joe Rogan in his post-fight interview after his split decision win over Johnny Hendricks af UFC 167 that he needed to step away.

"I've had 22 fights in the UFC; 15 of my fights were for a world title. I've been fighting for a very long time [at] a high level. It's a lot of pressure, a lot of criticism. I've decided I need to take time off. I know the UFC is a business and they can't wait for my little person, for sure. They have to keep things rolling. So I vacate my title for the respect of the other competitors. And one day, when I feel like it, I might come back. But right now I need a break," he said.

St-Pierre posted this tweet on Saturday to all his followers:

Here is the audio clip of GSP's announcement

In this clip, he talks about the pressure that comes with staying at the top:

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