Georges St. Pierre Doesn’t Think He’ll Defend Middleweight Strap


Georges St. Pierre returned after a four-plus year hiatus to defeat Michael Bisping in the main event of UFC 217 to win the UFC Middleweight Title.

Despite winning his second UFC title, the new champion may not be defending it after all.

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“We’ll talk about it, but I’m not sure if I compete I will go back at 185,” St. Pierre said to TSN. “I don’t think so.”

GSP is also a former UFC Welterweight Champion, who gave up the belt after a close decision win over Johny Hendricks at UFC 167.

The middleweight champion recently announced that he’s been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, which the Canadian first thought was stress.

“After the fight, I thought first it was the stress that caused it and it would go away, but it did not go away,” St. Pierre said. “So what happened is even after the fight it persisted and I knew something was wrong so I let a few days pass by and after that I went to see a specialist. And I’ve been diagnosed with colitis, ulcer colitis, but now I have the medication and since I started medication it goes very well. So I’m almost 100-percent now. I feel much better now than before and also it’s a lot less blood so it’s good. It was a more scary and stressful situation for me than the actual reality. There’s different levels of colitis, I don’t think mine is very severe. Some people are stuck in a situation where it’s more severe and it can affect their well-being much more, but mine is not that bad.”

If GSP does give up the title, then UFC Interim Middleweight Champion Robert Whittaker would become the new UFC Middleweight Champion.

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