Georges St-Pierre Has Vacated His UFC Middleweight Title


It appears that those skeptics may have been spot on with their assessment. Ariel Helwani broke the news that former UFC and Strikeforce Middleweight champion, Luke Rockhold would be the next man to challenge for a UFC Middleweight title.

"I'm not sure if I compete if I will go back at 185", said St-Pierre. "I don't think so", St-Pierre said in an interview with TSN.

The UFC's first-ever Australian champion, Robert Whittaker has been sidelined with ligament damage in his knee that he acquired in his title-winning effort over Yoel Romero at UFC 213. The future of the middleweight champion is up in the air after Dana White announced that GSP was suffering from colitis and was unsure when he'd return to the Octagon.

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Recently St-Pierre announced that he is dealing with an illness and will be out indefinitely.

Should that fight be signed, however, it might well be promoted to a real UFC middleweight title bout before February rolls around.

Whittaker's new opponent, Rockhold, is coming off a second-round TKO win of David Branch at UFC Fight Night 116 in September. The challengers were on after the other and I was too small to go up. He won't last here. He had his opportunity, he got his belt, good for you. Let us know your thoughts on the matter in the comments section below! St-Pierre had been away from the sport for four years and had never competed at 185 pounds before.

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As a result, there are reports that a possible showdown between Rockhold and Whittaker could take place in early 2018.

At the time, St-Pierre (26-2-0) said his contract called for him to fight interim champion Robert (The Reaper) Whittaker next. While he was able to hang in there with Bisping without problems, St-Pierre is tiny in comparison to the largest of athletes in the middleweight division such as Luke Rockhold and Chris Weidman.

But he has made a decision to relinquish the title after being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, an illness that affects his ability to remain in the 185-pound middleweight class.

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