Over the preceding months, there’s been extensive talk and debate about what would come next for Georges St-Pierre, if, he secured the UFC’s middleweight title in his comeback bout. Well, now that the Canadian star’s done just that, Dana White insists a scrap with interim champ, Robert Whittaker, is next.
Leading up to UFC 217, St-Pierre revealed that he’s contractually obligated to defend the middleweight belt, if he beat Michael Bisping. But, at the same time, St-Pierre left the door open to an all-star fight with Conor McGregor, by saying the fans and White, would ultimately determine his next bout.
Following last night’s card, and St-Pierre’s jaw dropping, choke out win over Bisping, White had this to say about the new champ’s next fight (quote via MMA Fighting):
“It’s going to be Whittaker,” White said. “I don’t even know what’s going on with GSP. He was transported to the hospital, so he’s got to get stitches on his nose. If he doesn’t take Bisping down and keeps this fight standing, he comes out of that fight with almost no damage. Bisping did some serious work from his back and split his nose open and had him bleeding all over his face. He (St-Pierre) took some big shots from the top position and if he didn’t do that he probably would’ve come out unscratched. So yeah, he’s got to go to the hospital right now. We’ll see how he is and what the status is with him.”
Now, could things still change in the coming weeks? Yes. Yes they could. For example, if both McGregor and St-Pierre said they want to fight each other next, then, you never know. But, as it stands right now, it certainly looks like the UFC’s intent on booking bouts that address their rankings and titles. Case in point, White has also said that a fight between the lightweight champ McGregor, and interim champ Tony Ferguson, needs to happen.
It will be interesting to see if the UFC approaches St-Pierre about fighting Whittaker at UFC 221, on February 11th. The pay-per-view card is going down in Perth, Australia, and many believe it was booked to feature Whittaker. That’s not that far away, however, so, if St-Pierre has any injuries from last night’s bout, a fight that soon likely won’t happen.
With GSP’s win on Saturday, he became just the fourth fighter to win championships in two, UFC divisions.