Current UFC middleweight champion, Georges St. Pierre might not be a middleweight for much longer. In an interview with TSN, St. Pierre said the following
We’ll talk about it, but I’ m not sure if I compete I will go back to 185. I don’t think so
St. Pierre has recently been diagnosed with colitis and is ruled out indefinitely. There is speculation that the disease was caused by St. Pierre’s move from welterweight up to the middleweight division. He said the following
“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. 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 muscle 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
St. Pierre returned to the Octagon after a four-year layoff. He defeated Michael Bisping at UFC 217 to win the middleweight title. He became just the fourth fighter to win the UFC title in multiple weight classes.
St. Pierre told Ariel Helwaniprior to his fight with Bisping that he was contractually obligated to defend the middleweight title. UFC President, Dana White told the media that he would be “pissed” if St. Pierre didn’t defend the middleweight crown.
There are rumors that interim middleweight champion, Robert Whittaker will defend his title against Luke Rockhold at UFC 221.