Georges St. Pierre returned to action after a four-plus year layoff to defeat Michael Bisping and win the UFC Middleweight Title at UFC 217.
As far as what is next for the new champion, the UFC President in Dana White says a title unification bout with UFC Interim Middleweight Champion Robert Whittaker is next.
“It’s going to be Whittaker,” White said at the post-fight conference. “I don’t even know what’s going on with GSP. He was transported to the hospital, so he’s got to get stitches on his nose. If he doesn’t take Bisping down and keeps this fight standing, he comes out of that fight with almost no damage. Bisping did some serious work from his back and split his nose open and had him bleeding all over his face. He (St-Pierre) took some big shots from the top position and if he didn’t do that he probably would’ve come out unscratched. So yeah, he’s got to go to the hospital right now. We’ll see how he is and what the status is with him.”
Whittaker became the UFC Interim Middleweight Champion when he defeated Yoel Romero by decision in the main event of UFC 213.
White also admits that the new UFC Middleweight Champion looked great in his return to the Octagon.
“Its great to have GSP back. He came after a four-year layoff and fought a great fight tonight. People think Bisping is easy, but show me one easy fight Bisping has been in where you just go in there and walk over Bisping, you don’t do it. And GSP looked real good tonight,” says White.
Although an official date has yet to be set for the title unification bout, the interim champion says he wanted to have the bout take place next year in his home country.