Can’t say we didn’t warn you.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre is contractually obligated to defend the 185-pound title he won by submitting Michael Bisping in the UFC 217 pay-per-view (PPV) main event last month in New York City.
But it seems “Rush” got one over on the attorneys, as I bet there’s nothing in that legalese that says anything about colitis, also known as butt inflammation, which sidelined the French-Canadian phenom at the most inopportune of times.
“I’m not sure if I compete I will go back at 185, I don’t think so,” St-Pierre told TSN.ca. “I don’t think it’s a good thing to do, force myself to eat to gain muscle mass. It was very hard and it was not healthy.”
Staying at middleweight can be hazardous to your health, especially when you look at the division top five (see it here).
Surrendering his strap would leave interim titleholder Robert Whittaker as the true middleweight champion and send “Rush” back down to welterweight, a division he ruled for several years before getting “exposed” in late 2013.
Does that mean a Tyron Woodley title fight, or a “disrespectful” Conor McGregor super fight? Too soon to tell. The promotion, meanwhile, appears to be looking at alternate match ups in the 185-pound weight class.
Preliminary talks are underway to book Robert Whittaker vs. Luke Rockhold for UFC 221 in Perth, Western Australia, sources say. Not 100% just yet, though.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) December 6, 2017
And not everyone is happy about it.
fart noise * https://t.co/KwomUMoO6m— #OnAmission4Gold (@KelvinGastelum) December 6, 2017
A: Fought only once in 18 months against someone who wasnt even competing in the ufc a year ago.— #OnAmission4Gold (@KelvinGastelum) December 6, 2017
B: Fought 4 times in 12 months, 3 of them in the main event in the last 8 months against former champions ranked in top 10 of the division. *Doesn’t have a modeling career. ♂️
The next few weeks are going to be very, very interesting.