A rematch between UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and Johny Hendricks will occur, in response to UFC President Dana White, and the battle could place on the promotion’s annual Memorial Day weekend event in Las Vegas.
In an interview Monday with the LA Instances, White stated St-Pierre is taking a vacation “off the grid,” however not a hiatus from the sport as he originally announced following his break up-name win over Hendricks at this previous Saturday’s UFC 167.
“As far as a rematch, we’re on schedule and I’ll have a date inside a pair weeks,” White said. “I really feel assured that Georges is fine with that and all is on monitor.”
St-Pierre’s post-fight speech initially introduced anger from White, who said following the occasion that the champ owed a rematch to Hendricks in mild of the first bout’s controversial scorecard. The UFC president later calmed down after a private assembly with St-Pierre and expressed confidence that a rematch would happen.
St-Pierre defended his title a ninth time by winning three rounds on two of three judges’ scorecards at the pay-per-view occasion, which happened at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Backyard Area and was overseen by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
The combat’s first round proved to be pivotal in the last tally, as NSAC judges Tony Weeks and Sal D’Amato gave St-Pierre (25-2 MMA, 19-2 UFC) the frame while judge Glenn Trowbridge gave it to Hendricks (15-2 MMA, 10-2 UFC). The welterweights cut up the remaining 4 rounds.
White blasted the scores and the NSAC, but on Monday clarified the occasions, “it’s not the commissioners who I have an issue with. I’ve nice respect for the commissioners. I truthfully consider change goes to occur, that the athletic commissioners in Nevada will fix the problem.”
The battle was the toughest problem of St-Pierre’s reign as champion, trainer Firas Zahabi on Monday told MMAjunkie. The champion was badly marked up after the struggle and received stitches under his proper eye. Zahabi said he additionally sustained a punch to the attention that robbed him of his sight in the course of the bout.
At UFC 167′s publish-occasion press conference, St-Pierre stated he was “going loopy” and dropping sleep in dealing with private points that he declined to determine. On Monday, White stated the 32-yr-previous fighter refuted a TMZ report that his issues stemmed from an unplanned pregnancy and the illness of his father.
“(St-Pierre) is denying these rumors that TMZ is reporting about those two things,” White stated.
UFC 167 drew a stay gate of $5.7 million, making it the second most profitable MMA event in Nevada history. The pay-per-view proceeds are also anticipated to earn hundreds of thousands for the UFC, which implies a rematch may additionally do massive enterprise.
Per the NSAC, St-Pierre is suspended till Jan. 1, 2014, while Hendricks may very well be out for six months except cleared for a right knee subject.
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