Looks like interim UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker will have to wait a little bit longer to get his hands on current champion Georges St-Pierre.
According to UFC president Dana White, St-Pierre is currently suffering from colitis and has no official timetable for a return.
“They called me yesterday and I think it’s out that he has colitis,” White said during a media scrum following last night’s (Fri., Dec. 1, 2017) TUF 26 Finale event in Las Vegas (h/t Las Vegas Review-Journal). “So he’s out for a minute.”
St-Pierre, 36, made his return to the Octagon after a four year hiatus to defeat UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping this past November at UFC 217. It was the first time GSP was competing at 185 pounds, but a move that was expected to keep the Canadian superstar active in the middleweight division.
Unfortunately for GSP, he’s currently battling colitis, which is an illness that attacks the colon, causes fevers, inflammations, shortness of breath, and could eventually effect the gastrointestinal system. St-Pierre has never been linked to colitis before so this obviously comes as a surprise.
This most certainly hurts UFC’s plans heading into 2018. The promotion was hoping to book a title unification bout between St-Pierre and Whittaker at UFC 221 on Feb. 11 in Perth, Australia, but that seems to be an afterthought now.
Stick with Mania for updates on St-Pierre’s condition.