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Georges St-Pierre expected to shed light on his fighting future Friday

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

The mystery surrounding Georges St-Pierre's fighting future will most likely be answered Friday.

The UFC has announced that both St-Pierre and UFC president Dana White will take part in a "special media conference call" Friday afternoon at 2:20 p.m. ET / 11:20 a.m. PT. No other details were included in the press release.

When asked by what will be announced on the conference call, White only said, "stuff that people want to hear."

White and GSP spoke privately on the telephone Thursday afternoon. After their conversation, the UFC sent out the press release about Friday's conference call.

A source close to the situation said White's conversation with St-Pierre went "well," but offered no other details.

Firas Zahabi, St-Pierre's long-time coach, said he had no idea what would be announced Friday.

"I honestly haven't asked him and told him I'll wait like everyone else," he said. "Georges needs space and time for himself."

St-Pierre most recently defeated Johny Hendricks via split decision at UFC 167 last month. After the controversial result, he came very close to retiring but never actually said the word "retirement." He did say he needed some time away from the sport.

"I can't sleep at night now," he said at the post-fight press conference in Las Vegas. "I have issues. I am going crazy.

"... I need to make a point, man. I need to get out for awhile. i don't know what I'm going to do. I feel like I am going to let everything out now, but I need to keep some things personal. I give everything I have tonight. Like it, love it, I give everything, that's all I can say."

Ted Ehrhardt, Hendricks' manager, also said he had no idea what would be announced Friday. Hendricks was not available for comment.

Whatever it is, "Bigg Rigg" will be affected: either he'll fight St-Pierre again right away or fight for a vacant or interim welterweight title.

Since UFC 167, St-Pierre has gone on vacation twice and stayed out of the spotlight, but that hasn't stopped all kinds of rumors to circulate about his future and personal life.

Well, in less than 24 hours, one of MMA's most-talked about mysteries could finally be solved. Nothing like an old-fashioned cliffhanger involving one of the sport's biggest names to round out a memorable year.

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