Georges St-Pierre vacates middleweight title; Robert Whittaker takes spot

Ross Houston
December 8, 2017

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

St. Pierre issued a statement explaining he needed to focus on his health and is looking forward to working with the UFC to determine the next chapter in his professional life.

"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", GSP said.

Australia's Robert Whittaker is now the undisputed UFC middleweight champion with Georges St-Pierre vacating the title after recently being diagnosed with colitis.

But he has chose to relinquish the title after being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, an illness that affects his ability to remain in the 185-pound middleweight class.

Pierre is no longer the UFC's middleweight champion.

On Thursday, St-Pierre officially surrendered his title to focus on his health after being diagnosed with colitis just recently and the UFC will move forward with Robert Whittaker being crowned undisputed champion with his first title defense taking place against Luke Rockhold on February 10 in the main event at UFC 221 in Perth, Australia. The announcement comes on the heels of the French-Canadian's interview with TSN where he suggested that he wasn't sure if he'd defend the title.

MMA Fighting first reported the Whittaker vs. Rockhold pairing while the Daily Telegraph confirmed the additional information regarding GSP vacating the title.

Whittaker won the interim title in July, claiming a unanimous decision victory over Cuban Yoel Romero.

Before his lengthy hiatus began following a successful UFC welterweight title defence against Johny Hendricks in November 2013, GSP only competed in the 170-pound division.

In his most recent fight at UFC Fight Night Pittsburgh in September, Rockhold defeated David Branch.

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