GSP Conference Call Liveblog

GSP Conference Call Liveblog

I am currently on the GSP “special announcement” conference call, so I will give you live updates. Keep hitting “refresh”.

  • Right now I’m on hold. The music is placid and generic, like someone on a ton of Xanax playing some interminable concerto.
  • Twitter is a-buzz with speculation, and the word on the street is that some Canadian news outlet (“equivalent to ESPN”) is reporting that GSP will be stepping away from the sport for an undetermined amount of time and giving up the belt. I think it’s aliens. Has to be aliens.
  • The call is underway.
  • GSP: “I’ve talked to Dana and Lorenzo about it. I’ve been fighting for a very long time… I’ve decided I needed to take some time off. I understand that the UFC is a business… so I vacate my title out of respect for the other competitors.”
  • He leaves the door open to possibly coming back some day, but right now, homeboy needs “a break”.
  • GSP is speaking French now. My French is rusty, but I think he’s surrendering.
  • “It is like every fight I am carrying a lot of weight on my shoulders… At one point, it became so heavy that I feel like I can’t carry the weight for myself.”
  • And the phone call just disconnected. GSP literally retired and threw the mic down and walked away.
  • Dana White announces that Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler will be fighting for the vacant UFC welterweight belt at UFC 171 on March 15.
  • Also, GSP’s contract is frozen, not matter if he’s out for six weeks or six years. Sorry, Bellator, but hands off!

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