The whirlwind of controversy surrounding Georges St-Pierre’s outpointing of Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 and subsequent decision to take a break from fighting has been furious since Saturday night. There have been reports (and denials) regarding GSP having legal issues, dealing with his father’s impending death, having an out-of-wedlock baby on the way, being afraid of Hendricks, and much more. Personally, I don’t care what his motivations are. St-Pierre has earned the right to take a year off if need be as long as the UFC does what’s right and awards Hendricks an opportunity to win interim gold. “Rush” has spent almost a decade as a top draw in the UFC, fighting the best 170ers the sport has to offer and representing the brand as fine as could be. He’s almost above reproach in that regard. This is a man who spent the last 2+ recovering from a potentially career-ending knee injury only to go on and fight three beasts in Hendricks, Nick Diaz, and Carlos Condit while also balancing the responsibility of life’s other offerings. Let him catch his breath, re-energize, and then come back strong in late 2014 with his sights set on Hendricks or whoever else has the belt.
Welcome back to the 10-Point Must! Every week I’ll give my thoughts on ten topics from the past seven days with hopes the readership will contribute their takes as well in the Comments section. This time around, subjects range from a few new match-ups to the UFC’s decision to entertain a new division to, of course, the fallout from UFC 167. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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