Citing health issues, Georges St-Pierre gives up UFC middleweight title

GSP was considered an outside chance but it’s still a chance

GSP was considered an outside chance but it’s still a chance

The company also provided The Daily Telegraph with a release which quoted St-Pierre saying: "My fight at UFC 217 was one of the greatest nights of my life".

GSP vacated the 185-pound title only a few weeks after defeating Michael Bisping for the belt.

Earlier tonight (Dec. 7, 2017), the UFC confirmed that Georges St. Pierre had officially vacated the middleweight title he won just over a month ago via third-round submission over Michael Bisping at UFC 217 on November 4 in New York City.

"Of course in terms of weight, if I want to go back to compete at 185, obviously eating like I did what I did, I learned from my mistakes".

St-Pierre has been diagnosed with colitis, prompting him to step down from competition for the time being and focus on his health.

St Pierre, the former welterweight king, returned to the sport last month with a stunning win over former middleweight champ Michael Bisping in NY.

Whittaker (20-4-0), who won the interim middleweight championship while Bisping was out injured, has been elevated to undisputed champion by the UFC.

With wins over the likes of Weidman, Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza and Lyoto Machida, many fans will back Rockhold to take the title from Whittaker in front a hostile home crowd.

Fighting out of Sydney, Whittaker was hopeful he'd have a chance to unify the title against St-Pierre.

Whittaker won the interim title in July, by earning a decision win over Yoel Romero. "I will be giving up my belt and once I'm healthy I look forward to working with the UFC to determine what's next in my career". The former champ Rockhold, meanwhile, is coming off a stoppage win over David Branch in September. This marked his first fight since losing his middleweight title to Bisping at UFC 199 in June 2016.

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