Current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre recently revealed that a bad case of colitis will sideline him for the foreseeable future, putting the division on hold for the time being.
Luke Rockhold saw it coming a mile away.
During a recent appearance on The MMA Hour, the ex-division champion said this latest story is just further proof that the former welterweight titleholder never really wanted to tango with the big boys from the jump.
“That’s what I’m trying to find out. That’s been my issue all along. Where’s the clarity in the division? I knew when this fight took place with Bisping and GSP, that this was the case,” said Luke. “I mean, I thought that he would potentially lose, yes, but I did say if he did win, we would be in the situation where he wouldn’t fight any of us and then we’d be even more tangled up.”
Indeed, shortly after winning the title at UFC 217 by choking out Michael Bisping, St-Pierre wouldn’t commit to his next move, and the fact that his team hinted at the possibility of being one and done at 185 pounds further made Rockhold look like Nostradamus.
“The colitis, all these other issues, backtracking on so many levels, it’s clear as day. From his coaches, from him, he’s not fighting. He’s not fighting any of us. He’s too small. Guys like me will feast on Georges. He won’t last here,” added Rockhold, who got back on the winning track with his win over David Branch a few months ago.
“He got his opportunity, he got his belt, good for you. Just move along and let us handle our business here. I am ready to fight for something that makes sense, and right now nothing makes sense. Obviously Whittaker is the real champ, make it official and we can move along. I am ready to fight him.”
While Rockhold wouldn’t completely call St-Pierre’s health problems fake news, he simply wants “Rush” to come out and relinquish the title once and for all to allow the true middleweights to handle their business. And if the promotion wants to see him back inside the cage, they better come correct with their next fight offer.
Which means this option is out the window.