Superstar Canadian champion walks away from the belt and the sport for an undetermined period.
UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has weighed in on the news that has sent shock-waves around the promotion after Georges St-Pierre announced he was giving up his welterweight belt and walking away from the sport.
The now pound-for-pound king of the UFC, Jones says he does not understand why there has been so much outrage regarding St-Pierre’s decision to take time out.
“I don’t think Georges should have come out and blamed it on stress or having too much pressure,” Jones said.
“I don’t think Georges owes anyone an explanation. I mean, he’s done it all. Any extra – any more fights out of him – is just bonus.”
Rumors swirled for weeks in the lead-up to his title defence against Johny Hendricks at UFC 167, and in the aftermath of his emotional and controversial split decision win, St-Pierre indicated he had issues away from fighting he needed to sort out.
However, Jones said all true fans of mixed martial arts need to appreciate how much the 32-year-old has carried around on his shoulders as a champion and one of the faces of not just the UFC by tehesport in general
“I don’t think he should have went the route of saying he had too much stress,” Jones explained. “Now people are worried about him. Georges is dong good, I’m sure.
“The guy is young, successful, he has the whole world ahead of him. So I’m proud of Georges. I think he’s been a great example, and I hope he’s having fun with his vacation. Get a belly. Get a belly, Georges.”