In recent days, the consensus has seemed to be that Georges St-Pierre will not fight at 185 again, and now the middleweight champ’s said he doesn’t believe he’ll return to the division.
Even when the UFC announced plans to have St-Pierre fight Michael Bisping for the middleweight title, many argued he would not defend the belt if he won. After all, GSP was never considered big for the welterweight division, where he ruled for some time.
Since St-Pierre choked out Michael Bisping to win the middleweight crown, not only has he not outright committed to defending the belt, recently it was reported he’s battling colitis. This news came after GSP himself, relayed, that he had issues maintaining weight, leading up to his bout with Bisping at UFC 217.
“We’ll talk about it, but I’m not sure if I compete I will go back at 185,” St-Pierre said. “I don’t think so.”
“Of course, in terms of weight, if I want to go back to compete at 185, I will – obviously eating, like I did what I did, I learned from my mistakes, I don’t think it’s a good thing to do, force myself to eat to gain muscle mass,” St-Pierre said. “I’ve always been against performance-enhancing drugs, and I did it the natural way. There is no easy way. I did it the hard way and it was to gain weight and to maintain my muscles mass and it was very hard and it was not healthy. I think the body has a natural weight it can perform at its best athletic ability and for me, the weight that I am now is my perfect weight.”
So, there you have it. St-Pierre didn’t explicitly say he’s done competing at middleweight, but it certainly sounds like he won’t be.
Health issues aside, it was hard to imagine St-Pierre taking on the likes of Luke Rockhold, Yoel Romero, Chris Weidman etc, who are considerably bigger than him. As is the interim champ, Robert Whittaker, who also, let’s remember, competed at 170 at one point.
Now it will be fascinating to see what comes next for GSP, if he elects to fight again. Tyron Woodley? Conor McGregor?