‘GSP’ made some interesting comments in an interview with Canada’s TSN today…
Earlier this evening, Ariel Helwani reported that talks for a potential interim middleweight title fight between Robert Whittaker and Luke Rockhold at UFC 221 in Perth, Western Australia on February 11th were underway. Should that fight be signed, however, it might well be promoted to a real UFC middleweight title bout before February rolls around.
Before he challenged Michael Bisping for the middleweight title in November, Georges St-Pierre signed a contract stating that he would have to remain at 185lbs if he won the belt and make at least one defence. But ever since the Canadian legend choked Bisping unconscious at UFC 217, he has displayed a complete lack of enthusiasm for a prolonged stay at middleweight.
Last week, UFC president Dana White told members of the MMA media that he would be more than a little annoyed if St-Pierre attempted to renege on the agreement he signed.
“I’m going to be super pissed, and I don’t know where we go from there,” said the pugnacious White.
St-Pierre, however, seems to be headed in that direction.
Speaking with TSN in Canada today, ‘GSP’ gave the strongest indication yet that he intends to give up the title and campaign south of 185lbs.
“I’m not sure if I compete if I will go back at 185,” said St-Pierre. “I don’t think so.”
The fight with Bisping was St-Pierre’s first fight in four years and it was his first ever bout at middleweight. A former longtime welterweight champ, St-Pierre attempted to gain quite a bit of muscle mass ahead of the contest. His team, however, have since suggested that this caused serious issues in the build-up, as the large quantities of food the fighter routinely ingested led to frequent vomiting.
“I did what I did; I learned from my mistakes,” said St-Pierre, who seems to attribute a recent bout of colitis to his calorific pre-UFC 217 diet. “I don’t think it’s a good thing to do, to force myself to eat to gain muscle mass. I’ve always been against performance-enhancing drugs, and I did it the natural way. There’s no easy way. I did it the hard way. It was to gain weight and to maintain my muscle mass and it was very hard and it was not healthy. I think the body has a natural weight that it can perform at its best athletic ability. For me, the weight I have now is my perfect weight(via MMAJunkie).”
St-Pierre’s Brazilian Jiu-jitsu coach John Danaher claimed after the fight that, despite his efforts to bulk up, ‘GSP’ only weighed 190.5lbs in the octagon against Bisping – roughly the same as what he weighed after re-hydrating during his time as a welterweight. This strongly supports St-Pierre’s claims that he isn’t a natural middleweight.
But the 36-year-old veteran did sign that contract, and he is the middleweight champion, and the boss seems determined to see him make a title defence.
It’s going to be very interesting to see what happens with this situation going forward.