Georges St-Pierre On Defending His Middleweight Belt: 'I Don't Think So'

Annette Crawford
December 7, 2017

Those anxious Georges St-Pierre would never defend the UFC middleweight title may have had their fears realized. The action was held inside Madison Square Garden in New York City as the UFC 218 headliner. "Rush", who made his successful return to the Octagon with a third-round submission over Bisping to capture the middleweight title, has stated publicly that moving up to 185 pounds was very hard on his overall and dietary health.

Even with a clause written into his contract from the UFC that demanded he defend against interim champ Robert Whittaker, many expected him to win the belt and then drop it to return to the 170 pound weight class he spent his entire fighting career in.

Now it appears that St-Pierre is feeling the ill effects of gaining so much weight to fight at 185 pounds that he doesn't think his body could handle it a second time. It looks like we have an answer.

However GSP has cited health issues relating to moving up to the 185 pound weight class as a reason why he can not defend the belt he won from Michael Bisping at UFC 217.

"It's not a fake diagnosis, I have the paper of the doctor and everything to prove it", St-Pierre said. "I don't think so". I don't think it's a good thing to do, force myself to eat to gain muscle mass. I've always been against performance-enhancing drugs, and I did it the natural way.

Last week, the champion revealed he has been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis.

MMA Fighting reported earlier Wednesday that the UFC was moving toward a middleweight showdown between interim champion Whittaker and former champion Luke Rockhold in February.

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