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Georges St. Pierre said he doubts he'll defend his middleweight title

08 Декабря, 2017, 06:41 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez
  • Georges St Pierre vacates UFC middleweight title after ulcerative colitis diagnosis

Before he challenged Michael Bisping for the middleweight title in November, Georges St-Pierre signed a contract stating that he would have to remain at 185lbs if he won the belt and make at least one defence. However, a recent bout with colitis has forced St-Pierre to give up his crown.

"If you're sick you're sick, but the fact is, you don't want to fight in the division", Rockhold said. He's beaten top contenders Derek Brunson and Ronaldo Souza, and most recently defeated Yoel Romero at UFC 213 this past July in a five-round fight that made him the interim champion. "I will be giving up my belt and once I'm healthy I look forward to working with the UFC to determine what's next in my career".

"My fight at UFC 217 was one of the greatest nights of my life", he said.

As for St-Pierre, if he does return to the Octagon, it will likely be at his previous fighting weight of 170 pounds, where he was champion for six years before taking a hiatus from the sport after his decision victory over Johny Hendricks in 2013. In an interview with TSN, St-Pierre used his strongest language yet to prepare us for the seemingly inevitable vacating of his title.

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Rockhold (16-3), also the former Strikeforce champion, is coming off a dominant second-round submission win over WSOF champion David Branch in September.

It was the American's first fight in more than a year after he was stunned by England's Bisping, who registered a first-round knockout win to become the new middleweight champion.

That comes despite UFC president Dana White's proclamation that he would be "super pissed" if GSP did not face Whittaker in a unification bout at the company's debut event in Western Australia. The UFC has yet to officially announce the fight.

Recently MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani reported that the UFC was looking at Whittaker - Rockhold for the Perth, Australia card, and now the outlet's reporting the bout is nearly finalized.

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