The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is getting ready for another exciting pay-per-view event. The world’s most famous mixed martial arts promotion is heading to Perth, Western Australia on February 11, 2018 for UFC 221. Now it would appear that an unexpected match up for the night’s fight card may be in the works.
Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre made his big return to the octagon earlier this year. The fighter had been away from the mixed martial arts world for nearly four years, having gone on a lengthy hiatus after defending his welterweight title from Johny Hendricks back in 2013.
For his return the fighter decided to move up in weight and challenge UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping for his title. The two mixed martial arts veterans threw down at UFC 217 for the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s second ever appearance at the illustrious Madison Square Garden Arena.
St-Pierre went on to earn a submission victory over “The Count” in the night’s pay-per-view headliner, earning the fighter a place among the very few to ever earn a title in multiple divisions of the UFC.
St-Pierre has since revealed that he is contractually obligated to unify his title in a match up against UFC interim middleweight champion Robert Whittaker. That being said, St-Pierre has since been stricken with colitis. As a result, it would appear that the world’s most famous mixed martial arts promotion may have another fight in mind for the interim champion.
MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani recently reported that, while nothing is guaranteed yet, preliminary talks are underway to book former middleweight title holder Luke Rockhold against reigning interim champion Robert Whittaker at UFC 221.
Rockhold suffered a title ending knockout loss to Michael Bisping back at UFC 199. Since then, the former champion has pulled himself back into the winning column with a TKO victory over David Branch.