So Georges St-Pierre Doesn't "Think" He'll Fight at 185 Again

Georges St Pierre waits to fight Michael Bisping

Georges St Pierre waits to fight Michael Bisping

When Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight contender Kelvin Gastelum laid waste to former champion Michael Bisping in the UFC Fight Night 122 main event last month in Shanghai (watch it), the mixed martial arts (MMA) community lost its shit.

It appears that those skeptics may have been spot on with their assessment.

"I'm not sure if I compete if I will go back at 185", said St-Pierre. However, it appears that St-Pierre's preparation for the comeback bout has taken its physical toll.

St-Pierre is still contractually obligated to face interim-middleweight champion Robert Whittaker to unify the middleweight championship but as MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani reports, Whittaker is having preliminary discussions to face Luke Rockhold at UFC 221, leaving doubt around the division on if the Canadian will ever return to fight at 185. St-Pierre suggested that the illness might be linked to how he prepared to move up in weight.

The fight with Bisping was St-Pierre's first fight in four years and it was his first ever bout at middleweight. As we near the end of Bisping's career, that loss will be just a blip in a historic career and we'll remember that he was always up for a fight with anyone, anywhere. "He's too small. Guys like me would feast on Georges". He had his opportunity, he got his belt, good for you.

"After the fight, I thought first it was the stress that caused it and it would go away, but it did not go away", St. Pierre said. "So what happened is even after the fight it persisted and I knew something was wrong so I let a few days pass by and after that I went to see a specialist".

After St-Pierre returned from a vacation, the UFC middleweight champion offered fans a personal update regarding his health on Saturday. In an interview with TSN, St-Pierre expressed disappointment regarding his future as a middleweight. "When you're on top, everybody want to have what you got and it's not new for me, I'm used to that kind of stuff, I don't take it personal".

Now, just weeks later, the former champion admits that taking the fight wasn't the smartest thing for him to do.

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