Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White revealed last night (Fri., Dec. 1, 2017) that middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre is currently battling a case of colitis and has no official timetable for a return.
The news was obviously a blow for St-Pierre, who returned to action last month at UFC 217 in which he submitted Michael Bisping to claim the 185-pound title. St-Pierre was expected to unify his championship belt with interim titleholder Robert Whittaker early next year, but now we don’t quite know what’s going to happen.
St-Pierre released the following statement via Facebook earlier today (Sat., Dec. 2, 2017):
“I now understand the health issues that I had during my last training camp… I hoped my condition would improve after the fight but unfortunately it got worse and I had to go straight to the hospital for a colonoscopy when I came back from vacation last Wednesday. The diagnosis is ulcerative colitis and I am now taking medication that will hopefully appease the symptoms. My health is my #1 priority right now, I’m still a very happy man, thanks for your support!!!”
Remember, St-Pierre made his middleweight debut at UFC 217 after fighting his entire career as a welterweight. St-Pierre’s coach revealed last month that the superstar’s comeback was nearly shut down following a “disastrous” move to 185 pounds. We now know that GSP’s battle continued even after his memorable finish over Bisping.
Even though St-Pierre is currently taking medication for his ulcerative colitis, the symptoms, which include bleeding, inflammation, dehydration, and increased risk of blood clots, could still possibly occur. GSP seems to have the condition under control after checking into the hospital last week, but he’s not in the clear yet.
For now, UFC will have to put its middleweight title plans on hold.
Stick with Mania for ongoing updates on St-Pierre’s condition.