Tyron Woodley isn’t saying that Georges St-Pierre doesn’t have colitis, but the welterweight champ’s questioning whether the illness might be used as a means to buy time.
Woodley’s been calling for a bout with St-Pierre for months, and has continued to do so, after he took the middleweight belt from Michael Bisping last month. In addition, Woodley’s also argued that the former welterweight champ is ducking him.
Well, recently GSP confirmed that he’s dealing with colitis, which is an inflammation of the colon’s inner lining. The illness can vary in severity and symptoms, but, it doesn’t look like St-Pierre will be fighting in the near future.
Woodley was on hand this past weekend in Detroit, Michigan for UFC 218, and while discussing GSP’s health issues, he said this (quote via MMA Junkie):
“What is colitis?” Woodley asked. “Exactly. I don’t have questions what it means. And I’m not saying he doesn’t have the condition that he has. But was he even scheduled to fight? I think it’s a method in which he’s going to buy some extra time. …
“I think he’s smart, and I think he doesn’t have to take that risk, once again. He’s already done what he needs to do. And I really don’t think he wants to reign over a division and defend the title – all these guys coming back-to-back-to-back. He wants fights that are important to him and I don’t blame him.”
Now, chances are St-Pierre and his team would take issue with these comments. In addition, they would also likely note the Canadian reported he was having issues keeping on weight, as he prepared to fight Bisping at UFC 217.
But, as it stands right now, considering that GSP has been non-committal about remaining at 185, and in light of his colitis diagnosis, it’s hard to imagine him remaining at middleweight.
So, perhaps Woodley will get his bout with St-Pierre after all? It would certainly make for an interesting story – having GSP reclaim the 170 title?
Then again, St-Pierre could have elected to fight Woodley before and didn’t choose to go that route. So, maybe a bout with Conor McGregor at 170, might be in the cards? Or, maybe GSP will close out his storied career, after making history in his comeback bout.