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GSP Vacates Middleweight Title As New Undisputed Champion Is Crowned

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It was a storybook return to the big leagues as Georges St-Pierre came back from a four-year absence to defeat Michael Bisping and win the UFC middleweight championship.

However, the 36-year-old admitted earlier this week that a title defence was an unlikely occurrence – and now we know it is a non-runner.

Speaking on Canadian television during the week, he said:

“We’ll talk about it, but I’m not sure if I compete I will go back at 185 [pounds]. 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. There is no easy way.

Now, he has revealed that he has vacated the title ‘out of respect to the athletes and the sport’.

In a statement, GSP said:

“My fight at UFC 217 was one of the greatest nights of my life but I now need to take some time to focus on my health.

“Out of respect to the athletes and the sport, I don’t want to hold up the division. I will be giving up my belt and once I’m healthy I look forward to working with the UFC to determine what’s next in my career.”

Since beating Bisping last month, St-Pierre has been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis which always made an immediate return to the Octagon unlikely for the 26-2 fighter.

GSP’s decision to vacate the belt has meant that Robert Whittaker is promoted to champion.

Whittaker is currently interim champion, a title he gained after a points win over Yoel Romero in July.

The Auckland-bork fighter is set to defend the belt in February when fights at UFC 221 against Luke Rockhold in Perth, Western Australia.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.