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Georges St-Pierre unsure if he will ever defend UFC middleweight championship

08 December 2017

Whittaker, who is born in New Zealand but resides in Sydney, will defend his title against Luke Rockhold (16-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC) in the main event of UFC 221, which takes place February 10 in Perth, Australia.

The UFC announced St-Pierre (26-2) had vacated the title on Thursday.

With this announcement, interim champion Whitaker has been elevated to undisputed champion, and subject to approval from the Combat Sports Commission in Western Australia, the five-round bout will be the first event in Western Australia and held at Perth Arena.

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"We'll talk about it, but I'm not sure if I compete I will go back at 185", he said. "I don't think so", St-Pierre said.

Recently MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani reported that the UFC was looking at Whittaker - Rockhold for the Perth, Australia card, and now the outlet's reporting the bout is nearly finalized.

Rockhold is a former middleweight champion having won the belt at UFC 194 against Chris Weidman and then lost it in his next fight, at UFC 199 against Bisping. "Out of respect to the athletes and the sport, I don't want to hold up the division".

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St-Pierre's Brazilian Jiu-jitsu coach John Danaher claimed after the fight that, despite his efforts to bulk up, "GSP" only weighed 190.5lbs in the octagon against Bisping - roughly the same as what he weighed after re-hydrating during his time as a welterweight.

As a result, there are reports that a possible showdown between Rockhold and Whittaker could take place in early 2018. Rockhold faced top Middleweight and former World Series of Fighting Middleweight and Light Heavyweight champion, David Branch.

But the 36-year-old veteran did sign that contract, and he is the middleweight champion, and the boss seems determined to see him make a title defence. And who do you think would emerge victorious in the potential match-up?

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Georges St-Pierre unsure if he will ever defend UFC middleweight championship