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Old 12-07-2017, 04:52 AM #1
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Default GSP Does Not Believe That He Will Defend Middleweight Belt

From the moment Georges St-Pierre announced that he would be returning to competition at 185 pounds, there were questions about how long he would stay there.

GSP recently came back from a four-year hiatus and defeated Michael Bisping at UFC 217 to capture the middleweight championship, and he repeatedly stated that his contract dictate that he defend the title against interim champion Robert Whittaker.

However, on Wednesday, St-Pierre told TSN that he is having serious doubts about returning to his new division.

Well talk about it, but Im not sure if I compete I will go back at 185, St-Pierre said. I dont think so.

St-Pierre has spent almost the entirety of his 28-fight career competing at 170 pounds, the weight class where he twice captured UFC gold (plus one interim belt) and recorded nine consecutive successful title defenses before stepping away from MMA in November 2013. The UFC 217 main event marked the first time that St-Pierre fought at 185 pounds.

UFC president Dana White recently broke the news that St-Pierre was suffering from colitis, an illness that may be related to the changes GSP had to make to move up a weight class.

Of course, in terms of weight, if I want to go back to compete at 185, I will - obviously eating, like I did what I did, I learned from my mistakes, I dont think its a good thing to do, force myself to eat to gain muscle mass, St-Pierre said. Ive always been against performance-enhancing drugs, and I did it the natural way. There is no easy way. I did it the hard way and it was to gain weight and to maintain my muscles mass and it was very hard and it was not healthy. I think the body has a natural weight it can perform at its best athletic ability and for me, the weight that I am now is my perfect weight.

According to St-Pierre, the colitis symptoms actually arose one month prior to his battle with Bisping at Madison Square Garden, but the 36-year-old and his team made the decision to fight through it and deal with any problems later. The situation only worsened afterwards, and thats when St-Pierre knew he had to get checked out.


After the fight, I thought first it was the stress that caused it and it would go away, but it did not go away, St-Pierre said. So what happened is even after the fight it persisted and I knew something was wrong so I let a few days pass by and after that I went to see a specialist. And Ive been diagnosed with colitis, ulcer colitis, but now I have the medication and since I started medication it goes very well. So Im almost 100-percent now.

I feel much better now than before and also its a lot less blood so its good. It was a more scary and stressful situation for me than the actual reality. Theres different levels of colitis, I dont think mine is very severe. Some people are stuck in a situation where its more severe and it can affect their well-being much more, but mine is not that bad.

As a result of St-Pierre's illness, preliminary talks are currently underway to book Whittaker vs. Luke Rockhold for UFC 221 on Feb. 10 in Perth, Western Australia, MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani has learned. The fight isn't signed just yet, but it is currently moving in the right direction. It's unclear at this time whether the fight would be for Whittaker's interim middleweight title or the official title.

Rockhold has questioned the legitimacy of St-Pierres colitis diagnosis, implying that he is trying to avoid taking on a middleweight contender, and St-Pierre is amused by the accusation.

Its not a fake diagnosis, I have the paper of the doctor and everything to prove it, St-Pierre said. My health is the number one priority and performance is second. Luke Rockhold, he can hang there, hes gonna have his shot, no problem. When youre on top, everybody want to have what you got and its not new for me, Im used to that kind of stuff, I dont take it personal. Ive talked Luke, hes a good guy. Hes just a hungry guy and he wants to be champion again and I wish him the best.
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Old 12-07-2017, 01:23 PM #2
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Ive always been against performance-enhancing drugs, and I did it the natural way. There is no easy way. I did it the hard way and it was to gain weight and to maintain my muscles mass and it was very hard and it was not healthy. I think the body has a natural weight it can perform at its best athletic ability and for me, the weight that I am now is my perfect weight.
I hate it when others accuse fighters of taking PEDs but if I was ever to bet on a fighter that's never been busted it would be GSP.
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Old 12-07-2017, 08:54 PM #3
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As long as he vacates asap and doesn't waste months on fighting a random 'illness' while holding the belt hostage and then do it. Shitty if he lied about being willing to fight Whitaker, stupid of the UFC to believe it as it always seemed unlikely. I don't mind if he faces Woodley, would be a good fight and MW can move on with the talent that's there.
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Old 12-10-2017, 01:59 AM #4
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Yeah, I just read today he vacated and the next title fight between Whittaker and Rockhold will be for the undisputed title.

What do you guys think? I think GSP takes some more time off or retires again. Seems to be okay money wise and isne't he already considered the GOAT welterweight?
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