The former UFC welterweight and middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre has given an update on his health and his plans for next year.
When Georges made the leap up to the 185lb division to take on and eventually defeat the reigning champion Michael Bisping at UFC 217, he did so carrying a much heavier-set figure than we are accustomed to seeing him with.
Of course, he managed to pull it off, tagging the veteran Brit hard in the third-round before submitting him shortly after by way of rear-naked choke.
For St-Pierre, it was one of his crowning achievements. To step up in weight and defy the long-held notion that he wasn’t a finisher was one thing, but to do it after nearly four years on the sidelines on one of the biggest fight-cards of all-time was something else entirely.
A bout of colitis cut both GSP’s reign atop the 185lb division and his comeback short, however. Since then, he has been out of action once again but in a recent interview with MMAFighting, he explained how his treatment is going.
“Definitely the worst has passed.
“I’m dosing down the medication that I have. The medication is anti-inflammatory, so you have to dose it down.
“Not in one shot, you can’t stop in one shot, but I’m dosing it down every month and soon it will be past, a story of the past. As it goes right now, pretty much all of the symptoms are almost gone.”
Talk of St-Pierre cutting down to 155lb has been rampant and with the UFC 229 title tilt between champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor set to be the biggest fight in the history of the sport, many have pointed at the Canadian as a potential matchup for the winner.
Georges himself, though certainly not dismissive, did make it clear that there are barriers between him and a matchup with either man.
“I can’t say yet, yes or no. One thing I know is the UFC will never want me to go to 155. They will be scared that I will ride off into the sunset with their belt again. And I understand them. I understand them from a business standpoint.”
“I don’t want any contract to fight somebody right now. Because the minute you sign a contract, the mental warfare starts, and stress is something that amplifies everything.
“So I want to make sure I deal with it, I take care of it, and when everything will be finished, I will be able to look forward. My health is the most important thing for me.
“[But I’m] absolutely not [closing the door on fighting again]. I’m keeping the door open. When I close it, then people will know. But right now it’s held open.”
The former 170lb and 185lb champion instantly confused quite a lot of people when he started speaking about a massive cut down to 155lbs, but according to him, his figure has leaned down considerably in the time since – with him now weighing less than some elite lightweights – including Khabib Nurmagomedov.
“I’m about 183 pounds, 184 pounds when I wake up in the morning. I’m about 183, 184, that’s my natural weight. I believe everybody has an optimal weight where they can perform a physical task, [a weight] that it should be.
“You have a weight that is the optimal weight — that is your weight that you will perform at your best. That’s my weight. I tried to put on some weight for Bisping, but it was a mistake.
“I should have stayed at my actual weight, who knows if I would have fought better. But one thing is for sure, my health would not have been compromised.”
At 37, though, who knows how his body will respond to such a massive cut – if it does, in fact, happen.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena