Georges St-Pierre defeated Michael Bisping with a harrowing third-round rear-naked choke to scored the UFC middleweight title at UFC 217.
He proved after beating Bisping that he still had plenty of fight left in him with his title victory. He became one of only four men in UFC history to claim titles in two weight divisions.
Now everyone is awaiting whats next for him? Is GSP going to stay at middleweight to unify the title with a matchup against interim champion Robert Whittaker?
GSP speaking to The MMA Hour on Thursday, about his future in fighting:
“I can’t say for sure anything. I don’t know anything,”
“We’ll see what’s going to happen. I’m very happy. I wanted to take one fight at a time, solve one problem at a time, and from there, make a decision. And I did this — I think it was good for the UFC. They made a lot of money, and it was good for me as well. It was good for Michael Bisping. Michael Bisping is someone that I really admire. He’s incredibly brave, and he’s a true example of determination in this sport. He’s the man.
“He said a lot of things about me, but I don’t take it personal. I truly believe that he said it to make the fight more exciting, and actually, I should’ve said ‘thank you’ to him, because we sold a lot of pay-per-views.”
Georges St-Pierre discussed his struggle to move up to middleweight, and it was entirely a new experience. He went through “severe cramps” and other various sicknesses in a camp while force himself to eat five to six times a day. Despite all, it wasn’t a bad experience for GSP.
“In my contract, I have to fight Robert Whittaker,” St-Pierre said. “But you know, it didn’t go that bad (at middleweight). If you look at my fight, maybe I was smaller, but I was faster, I felt more athletic. I had advantages in certain areas, but maybe the size and the weight department was not to my advantage.”
GSP was asked about his fight with Robert Whittaker next-growing rumors of him not staying at middleweight division. Further said, he isn’t even sure that UFC 217 will end up being his final fight and got injured his neck during his fight with Bisping-needed sometime off before anything else.
“It’s written in my contract (that I have to fight Whittaker). If it gets me excited, I don’t know. He’s an excellent fighter, and he was in Montreal before — he’s an incredible martial artist. He’s a great champion. I have only positive things to say about Robert Whittaker. … I don’t know. Look, I just finished off a very hard fight. I’m still bruised up a little bit. My neck, I still feel it. I need some vacation. I’m going to go on vacation, clear up my head and see what’s [next].”
GSP said he will decide his next step soon. He doesn’t want to hold on to middleweight title and noted that there is still a chance to fight with Robert Whittaker.
“I’ll take a few weeks, and then I’ll decide,” “I have no desire to hold onto the title and freeze the division. That’s not what I want to do.
“There’s a lot of different things that can change. Mixed martial arts is a sport that changes all the time, and like I said, I wanted to come back to make history, to do something that’d never been done before. I know it’s in my contract (to fight Whittaker), but you never know. Dana (White) could come back with some proposition or whatever.
“Dana is the boss; we’ll see what’s going to happen. I just need some vacation now. That’s why I burned out last time because I was trying to think too much ahead of time. And sometimes when you try to think ahead of time, things that you’re thinking about, you’re wasting your energy because they don’t even happen.”
When asked about a potential fight with McGregor, St-Pierre said,
“Everybody is asking me this question,
“You’re not the only one. I always ask, ‘Why is everybody asking me this question?’
“He’s competing in a different weight class to what I am.”
“As a fighter I don’t challenge guys who compete in smaller weight class divisions,”
GSP on potential fight with Conor McGregor: "I don't challenge guys that compete in smaller weight classes. I think it makes you look bad." pic.twitter.com/rbdOKPvobe
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) November 9, 2017
Do you think he will end up fighting Robert Whittaker or there is a possibility of Mcgregor super fight?