UFC 167 isn’t even 24 hours old yet and it looks as if its main card event of Georges St. Pierre & Johny Hendricks will be re-booked, and the welterweight title re-contested.
During the post-fight media scrum UFC President Dana White addressed the issue and more particularly, St. Pierre’s post-fight remarks about taking time off.
According to White, fans may have nothing to worry about regarding either a re-match fight between GSP & Hendricks or that “Rush” will be absent from the Octagon for an inordinate amount of time.
White stated that Rush was / is being bothered by personal problems and that his post-fight remarks may not amount to anything. White went on to say that he had no idea the champion was having any personal issues, but after speaking with him White was confident that they’d “get through this”.
White further stated that he was “confident” that St. Pierre would not be retiring.
As there was no information to be had regarding what Rush’s problems are, other than he’s obsessing about something, the discussion shifted to Johny Hendricks, a re-match fight and whether or not “Bigg Rigg” will wait for Rush or stay busy.
In answering, White remarked “I don’t think there’s going to be a waiting situation. I don’t think it’s going to be like that.”
In follow up, White was then asked if it would be GSP / Hendricks II when Rush gets it all figured out.
To that White replied, “We might have gotten everything figured out tonight.”
The UFC’s President went on further to state the following:
“I think everything is going to be fine. I think everything is going to roll just like it always does.”
“He’s very emotional about some s**t that’s going on with him right now and it’s really not that bad, but to him it is. To him it’s like the end of the world, but he’s a mentally strong guy, he’s a hard working guy, he’s an honest guy, he’s a good guy, he’ll get it straightened out.”
Taking all of White’s comments into consideration, it appears that fans could be seeing GSP / Hendricks II sooner rather than later, and it’s not apt to be a year in the making.
That said, Rush is going to need time to heal up, first and then, of course, there’s the issue of his problems, whatever they may be and he’s going to need time to deal those.
Either way though, Dana seems confident that they have it all in hand and the fans should expect to see GSP / Hendricks II sometime in the summer of 2014.
Finally and in terms of Rush and whatever he may be going through, his fans are sure to wish him all the best and they look forward to seeing him back in the ring, and as his normal, happy, healthy self.