The chances of seeing Georges St-Pierre return to middleweight, where he currently holds the division title, are getting slimmer by the minute, now that mixed martial arts (MMA) fans are getting a glimpse of what it took to abandon the 170-pound weight class for UFC 217.
It seems St-Pierre’s experimental trip north left him sick and vomiting on a daily basis, to the point where he nearly called off his Michael Bisping fight, held inside Madison Square Garden last weekend in New York City.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu coach John Danaher elaborates on Instagram:
“In order to move up to middleweight, Mr. St-Pierre took on a nutritional program designed to facilitate weight gain and hold weight during the rigors of a full fight camp. The result was a disaster. Two weeks into camp he developed severe stomach pains and vomiting. Initially, it was suspected that he had an illness, but all tests came back negative. The situation deteriorated to the point that for two weeks of a six week camp there was no training at all. At a critical point we gave him a two day window to either get back in the gym or call off the fight. The first grappling workout he had he vomited heavily prior to workout and then went to work. The next day he had the worst standing sparring session I have ever seen him have. Finally the stomach issue issue resolved itself to a degree where he could train satisfactorily and the workouts improved dramatically- though the vomiting continued all the way up to the day of the fight. He was eating so much more than usual in an attempt to keep weight on and stay close to 200 pounds. When he went through the final weight cut the big question was, would he return to his bigger size? The answer was a resounding no. On fight night he weighed in at 190.5 - almost identical to his usual fight weight as a Welterweight.”
Usually people get sick and unable to fight moving down a weight class.
Whatever obstacles St-Pierre faced in training camp cleary did not come back to haunt him on fight night. “Rush” was able to submit the larger “Count” and capture the middleweight crown in his first fight in four years.
Not too shabby.
No word yet on what St-Pierre will do in his next trip to the cage. He’s expected to fight Robert Whittaker to unify the 185-pound titles; however, fights also await him in the welterweight division, which sounds better suited for his sensitive belly.
Time will tell.