Georges St-Pierre caused a lot of panic and speculation among fans when he said after his controversial split decision win over Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 that he needed to take a break from the sport.
“I have a bunch of stuff in my life happening. I need to hang up my gloves for a little bit,” GSP said in his postfight interview with Joe Rogan.
“I have to go away for a little bit at least. I have some personal things happening. I have to step away for a bit. That’s all I can say right now. Right now I gotta go away for a little bit.”
As soon as GSP made those comments, people tried to figure out what his “personal things” were. A lot of people figured that he was talking about personal health issues, such as brain trauma from all his fighting. But TMZ reported on Monday that St-Pierre’s father is dying and he has been derailed by that. They also said GSP learned he impregnated a woman who wants to keep the baby while he doesn’t.
St-Pierre’s younger sister told La Presse that rumors that their father is ill and dying are false. Dana White said he spoke with GSP and the fighter is denying the details reported by TMZ. Additionally, St-Pierre’s manager told the MMA Hour that Georges’ health is fine.
The latest alleged problem bothering St-Pierre is that his former manager supposedly is suing him for millions over the way their partnership ended. That’s what St-Pierre’s first manager said in a radio interview. That manager, Stephane Patry, also said GSP’s health is fine, as is his family’s.
TMZ is generally reliable with their reporting, but they might have gotten it wrong regarding the health of GSP’s father. It sounds like the story about the unplanned pregnancy might be accurate, though, as the only person to deny it was Dana White. The lawsuit with the ex-manager could be an issue too, though it’s uncertain how much that would bother St-Pierre.