GSP Expected to Make Announcement on Future at Friday Press Conference

John HeinisSenior Analyst IDecember 10, 2013

Mar 16, 2013; Montreal, Quebec, CAN;  Georges St.Pierre gives an interview to Joe Rogan after defeating Nick Diaz (not pictured) in their Welterweight title bout at UFC 158 at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports
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UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre may finally shed some light on what's next in his storied mixed martial arts career on Friday. 

According to the Montreal Journal (translation via Mixedmartialarts.com), "Rush" will host a press conference in Quebec at the end of the week to end the speculation about what's next for the pound-for-pound great. 

The mixed martial arts fighter Georges St-Pierre is expected to reveal his intentions regarding his future on Friday. The 32-year-old will meet with the media in Quebec at a press conference, his agent told TVA Sports, and will announce what is coming for him in the coming months. Retirement? Resume training in a not so distant future? The options are many.

Immediately after winning a hotly contested split decision over top contender Johny Hendricks, St-Pierre told color commentator Joe Rogan that he needed some time off since he was "going crazy," per MMA Junkie.  

At the UFC 167 post-fight press conference, UFC president Dana White made it clear that GSP had two options in his immediate future: Defend the belt or retire.

In the days after UFC 167, rumors began to swirl that St-Pierre was dealing with an unplanned pregnancy as well as his father's terminal illness. However, the champ quickly shot down both theories. 

Johny and I gave you the Fight of the Night- hope you enjoyed it! Forget all the rumors- on vacation, happy & well!!! pic.twitter.com/GVZHLcutTn

— Georges St-Pierre (@GeorgesStPierre) November 20, 2013

Those close to GSP have indicated it's solely his decision if he wants to hang up the gloves for good, but no one seems certain about what will happen next for the French-Canadian superstar. 

Will GSP vs. Hendricks II happen inside the Octagon, or will the rematch be another "what if?" that fight fans are left to debate for years to come?

 

John Heinis is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He is also the MMA Editor for eDraft.com.