UFC: White Says GSP Gets Title Shot Upon Return To Octagon
- Updated: September 12, 2014
Former UFC Welterweight Champion George “Rush” St-Pierre may return to fighting and it is clear that when he does he will get a shot at the title. GSP (25-2) vacated his title in December citing personal reasons and stepped away from fighting for an indeterminate period of time.
“It would be tough to deny that GSP comes right back and doesn’t fight for the title, you know what I mean?” said UFC President White in his interview with UFC.com, “GSP can do whatever he wants. If he wants to come back and fight for the title, of if he wants a fight before that – he can do whatever he wants.”
At the time of GSP’s departure from the Ultimate Fighting Championship he had just completed his 11th consecutive successful title defense in defeating current UFC Welterweight Champion Johny “Bigg Rigg” Hendricks (16-2) in a split decision at UFC 167 last November. GSP out-struck Hendricks 101-85 in the fight and lead 3-to-2 in takedowns.
“I have been fighting for a very long time at a high level and there is a lot of pressure, a lot of criticism,” said GSP in December, “I know the UFC is a business and they can’t wait for my little personal [issue]. They have to keep things rolling so I have vacated my title out of respect to the other competitors.”
Hendricks then fought “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler (24-10, 1 NC) at UFC 171 in March and won the title by unanimous decision, having out-struck Lawler by eight strikes and leading 2-to-0 in takedowns.
“It’s always a huge debate on a guy who’s had a career like GSP – to go out on top and walk away with the belt,” said White, “That’s a personal decision that a fighter has to make. Being the competitor that GSP is, I can’t see GSP [walking away yet]. But that’s up to him.”