“There was a lot of talk about what was going to happen,” Georges told Joe Rogan moments after the decision was read. “I have a bunch of stuff in my life happening. I need to hang up my gloves for a little bit.”

“I have to step away for a little bit,” he said. “That’s all I can say right now.”

Time. Time to recover. To figure things out. That's all Georges wanted. But fighters don't get sabbaticals. Especially not if you're a champion and the biggest draw in the entire company.

"His problems aren't as bad as he thinks they are. They're personal problems. We'll get through this. I'm confident that he will (come back)," Dana White said.

"I think everything's going to be fine, I think everything's going to roll just like it always does."

Except this time isn't like before. Nothing is like before. After her, nothing would be the same. After her. But for Georges, he couldn't think of an after her.

Just her.