It would appear that reigning UFC middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre may not be defending his title after all.
The former UFC welterweight champion made his big octagon return earlier this year. St-Pierre had not competed under the UFC banner for nearly four years, with his most recent match up a successful defense of his welterweight title back in 2013. However, the fighter then vacated the title and went on a lengthy hiatus from the sport of mixed martial arts.
Returning this year, St-Pierre decided to move up in weight to make his debut in the UFC’s talented middleweight division. For his first fight in the weight class, the former welterweight champion was granted a title shot.
At UFC 217, for the UFC’s second ever appearance inside the Madison Square Garden arena, Georges St-Pierre went toe-to-toe with UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping. St-Pierre shocked the New York crowd with a stunning submission victory over “The Count.” That being said, things have not been going St-Pierre’s way since.
It has since been reported that Georges St-Pierre is suffering from colitis, pushing back the fighter’s next potential match up. The middleweight champion has previously claimed that he is contractually obligated to unify his title in a fight against the UFC interim champion Robert Whittaker. That being said, St-Pierre has since come forward to say that he may not fight in the middleweight division again after all.
Speaking to TSN, “Rush” revealed that his recent medical concerns have made him rethink fighting at 185 pounds. In fact, the fighter doesn’t think he will fight in the division again.
“We’ll talk about it, but I’m not sure if I compete that I will go back to 185 (pounds).” St-Pierre said. “I don’t think so.”