Wednesday, 18 July, 2018

Georges St-Pierre vacates middleweight championship, UFC confirms

St-Pierre vacates UFC middleweight title following ulcerative colitis diagnosis St-Pierre vacates UFC middleweight title following ulcerative colitis diagnosis
Kristopher Love | 08 December, 2017, 06:43

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.

"If you're sick you're sick, but the fact is, you don't want to fight in the division", Rockhold said.

Robert Whittaker has been crowned UFC middleweight champion after Canadian star Georges St-Pierre vacated the title.

St-Pierre said earlier this week via a social media post that he had been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis.

A title bout may be set for next years UFC 221 card as UFC Interim Middleweight Champion Robert Whittaker will defend the gold against Luke Rockhold.

The 26-year-old Sydneysider is now preparing to face 33-year-old Rockhold (16-3), who this week referred to the Aussie as "the real champ". In an interview with TSN, St-Pierre used his strongest language yet to prepare us for the seemingly inevitable vacating of his title.

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.

With this announcement, interim champion Whitaker has been elevated to undisputed champion, and subject to approval from the Combat Sports Commission in Western Australia, the five-round bout will be the first event in Western Australia and held at Perth Arena. GSP, the former long-time welterweight champion, came out of retirement just last month and snatched the title from the now former champion Michael Bisping, submitting the Brit in the third round.

MMA Fighting first reported the fight.

The latest comments from GSP - who has revealed that he is now suffering from colitis, an inflammation of the colon which causes abdominal pain, cramps and diarrhoea - are likely to anger UFC president Dana White.