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What’s next for Georges St-Pierre after winning middleweight title at UFC 217

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Georges St-Pierre became only the fourth fighter to win two separate division titles for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) after winning the Middleweight title by outclassing and and eventually submitting Michael Bisping via rear-naked choke last night (Sat., Nov. 4, 2017) in the main event of UFC 217 inside Madison Square Garden in New York City.

It was a huge win for “Rush” in more ways than one, as he proved that ring rust simply isn’t real after four years away from action. Furthermore, he was fighting at a heavier weight class against a man who previously defeated the likes of Dan Henderson and Anderson Silva; two of the all-time greats.

Indeed, Georges is now back and better than ever in a time when the promotion desperately needs some star power, even if it isn’t a fresh face. How long “Rush” sticks around for is unclear, but one thing is certain, his next match is already set, as he will face off against interim title holder Robert Whittaker in the first quarter of 2018.

Sorry, Tyron.

And it will be a tough task for the former 170-pound champion, as Robert has been on a roll as of late, taking out one contender after another such as Ronald Souza and Yoel Romero on his way to the top. Whittaker has won his last eight bouts and hasn’t tasted defeat in three years. Whittaker packs a heavy punch that can end anyone’s night, but he’s also shown he can grind out a long, drawn out battle as was the case against Romero.

That’s nothing new for St-Pierre, either.

While Whittaker has undoubtedly shown he’s championship material by winning the interim strap against “Soldier of God,” he would love nothing more than to shed the interim tag by putting a beating on “Rush.”

For Georges — and more importantly his fans — a win over Whittaker signals that he will stick around for at least another fight, as he has already stated that he will walk away for good after he suffers his first defeat.

Enjoy it while it lasts.

For complete UFC 217 results and play-by-play updates click here.