November 14, 2018

Georges St-Pierre vacates UFC middleweight title

08 December 2017, 06:42 | Anna Jefferson

Georges St-Pierre On Defending His Middleweight Belt: 'I Don't Think So'

UFC eying middleweight title fight between Robert Whittaker and Luke Rockhold

The UFC have confirmed that Australian Whittaker is now officially the holder of the title, and while he has won it without a punch, it won't be long before he is forced to defend it.

St. Pierre issued a statement explaining he needed to focus on his health and is looking forward to working with the UFC to determine the next chapter in his professional life.

"I did what I did; I learned from my mistakes", said St-Pierre, who seems to attribute a recent bout of colitis to his calorific pre-UFC 217 diet.

St-Pierre is now suffering from colitis, which is an inflammation of the colon which may or may not be related to his disastrous attempts to put on mass for his middleweight debut at UFC 217.

It was the American's first fight in more than a year after he was stunned by England's Bisping, who registered a first-round knockout win to become the new middleweight champion. Robert Whittaker is now recognized as the undisputed middleweight champion.

Georges St-Pierre's reign at middleweight is over before it ever really started.

He's supposed to defend his title against Robert Whittaker, but he said in an interview with TSN that he likely won't fight at 185.

UFC 221, the first UFC event in Western Australia, takes place at the Perth Arena on February 11.

GSP vacated the 185-pound title only a few weeks after defeating Michael Bisping for the belt.

Numerous media outlets report the news on Thursday, with the reference on Ariel Helwani. Whittaker was entirely expected to take on the then champion, Bisping after winning the title but the injury was too severe to jump back in at the time the UFC wanted and they chose not to wait for the newly crowned Interim champion. Rockhold picked up a win back in September when he defeated David Branch by second round submission due to punches.

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