Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight and Middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre was forced to vacate his newly-won 185-pound strap just a few weeks after dethroning Michal Bisping at UFC 217 due to ulcerative colitis.
According to St-Pierre and his medical team, the condition may have been caused by his excessive eating designed to pack on the pounds for his move up to Middleweight. And when you add stress to it, the combination can be a disastrous one.
A few months removed from his decision to vacate the title, “Rush” revealed on The MMA Hour that he is on the road to recovery, as a combo of intermittent fasting and medication has helped ease his symptoms, though he is now much lighter, walking around at 180-185 pounds, as opposed to 190-195.
As for his decision to vacate the title, St-Pierre doesn’t regret it, saying he never wanted to be the guy to hold up a division, as other people need to make a living and chase thier dreams of becoming world champion.
“I could have kept the title for one year, walked around with and take the sponsors. And I could be in the spotlight, say I’m the champion. The truth is I don’t know, I knew I had a condition, I knew I would probably lose weight because I was forcing myself to eat like crazy; it’s not how I eat,” said the former champ.
“I had a lot of water retention, not at my natural weight and it’s not a healthy way of living. The reason I vacated the title is because I did not want to put the division on hold. I didn’t want people to wait for me. Even though I could’ve done it, I didn’t want to be that guy. I have always been very vocal about fights, being for the fighter’s conditions and I didn’t want to be the guy who stalled the division. Because everyone’s trying to make money and a living. That’s why I vacated the title.”
According to Georges, another reason for leaving the title is not knowing how much weight his condition would force him lose, and returning to 185 pounds was not a sure thing.
As for his fighting future, there could be one — as long as his health stays steady. But, UFC needs to come correct with its offer and bring something to the table that excites him.
“I think so, I think I will fight again. It just depends on my health condition and everything. It’s too soon to say now, but I feel much better now than what I did after my fight. I always prioritized my health over my performance. And I knew something was wrong with my body, and I don’t feel right in my own skin,” he added.
“If I fight, it needs to be something that excites me, something that elevates me. The fight with Michael Bisping was a big risk, but he had the potential to elevate me as a fighter and my legacy,” said St-Pierre. “That’s why I took the fight, it was a great opportunity, a win-win opportunity. I could have lost and it could have been a disaster. But I was confident I put the work in and it would've been win-win. I had a lot to win, and a lot to lose. If I come back, there has to be a lot to win for me, not just a lot to lose.”
Nate Diaz is not an option, says Georges, as it won’t be much of a reward for him to defeat someone everyone expects him to dominate. And you can scratch a rematch against big brother Nick off the list, as well.
Furthermore, St-Pierre dismissed any notion that he never intended on defending the 185 pound title, healthy or not, saying he was focused on facing Robert Whittaker in a title unification bout before his conditioned worsened.
What say you, Maniacs, care to offer up any tempting suggestions for a potential St-Pierre comeback?