Georges St-Pierre may not want to rush back to the Octagon anytime soon after narrowly defeating Johny "Bigg Rigg" Hendricks on Saturday night, but UFC president Dana White has other ideas.
Speaking to Todd Grisham of ESPN, White reportedly feels that GSP owes it to both the fans and the sport to grant Hendricks a rematch:
A furious Dana White just told me "GSP shouldn't walk away, he owes it to the fans and to the sport to fight Hendricks again"— Todd Grisham (@GrishamESPN) November 17, 2013
FOX Sports' Mike Chiappetta and ESPN's Brett Okamoto had more from White from the post-fight press conference:
Dana White: "Does anybody here think Georges won?" #UFC167— Mike Chiappetta MMA (@MikeChiappetta) November 17, 2013
Dana: "I was up in the octagon. They [St-Pierre's corner] knew they lost. They knew it." #UFC167— Mike Chiappetta MMA (@MikeChiappetta) November 17, 2013
Dana White: I am afraid to bring fights to the state of Nevada. This is the worst athletic commission.— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) November 17, 2013
White's comments come on the heels of St-Pierre's post-fight interview which saw the champion alluding to an extensive hiatus due to personal reasons, per Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times:
GSP said, "I need to hang up my gloves for a little bit. Some personal things. Thank you, I'm very emotional." #UFC167— Lance Pugmire (@latimespugmire) November 17, 2013
Whether Georges St-Pierre will stick to his word and take some time away from the sport remains to be seen, but it's indisputable that Hendricks remains the true No. 1 contender in the welterweight division. After watching Hendricks earn the nod on one judge's card, there's little doubt that a rematch would be a highly marketable fight.
Hendricks was able to rock GSP with his signature left hand, especially in the early going, but St-Pierre did just enough to secure three rounds according to two of the judges and thus defend his belt for the ninth consecutive time.
Should GSP stick to his guns and retire, he would do so as one of the greatest fighters in UFC history. His current title-defense streak is only topped by Anderson Silva's run of 10 title defenses. However, this won't be the last we see of GSP if White has anything to do about it.