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Georges St-Pierre contractually obligated to defend middleweight title against Robert Whittaker

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MMA: UFC 209-Weigh Ins Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

I know we’re probably putting the cart before the horse, since Georges St-Pierre has yet to fight, let alone beat Michael Bisping for the middleweight title, but if and when that happens, we can forget about a drop to welterweight.

Barring this, of course.

That’s because “Rush” is contractually obligated to defend the 185-pound strap with a victory at the upcoming UFC 217 pay-per-view (PPV) event (more on that here), which takes place this November in New York City.

“I have to defend my title,” St-Pierre told The MMA Hour. “It’s written in my contract. I have to defend my title if I win. That wasn’t my initial plan, but I understand the UFC’s point of view. They want to protect their titles. They don’t want to delay the defense of their titles, because they don’t want to make people wait.”

Right.

Barring anything cosmic, St-Pierre would likely face interim middleweight champion Robert Whittaker, who is rehabbing a knee injury in the wake of his unanimous decision win over Yoel Romero at UFC 213 last month in Las Vegas.

“The Reaper” doesn’t sound worried.

I guess that means reigning UFC welterweight titleholder Tyron Woodley is still not “The Chosen One.”