Last weekend, Georges St-Pierre returned to the octagon after the hiatus of four years to earned the middleweight title with a third-round submission over Michael Bisping.
Previously Georges St-Pierre stated, he’s contractually obligated to fight interim middleweight champion, Robert Whittaker next, many people skeptical that “GSP” will remain at 185 pounds. But Luke Rockhold doesn’t buy that. However, Whittaker put together quite the resume, defeated two top-five opponents to claim the interim middleweight belt as a way of keeping the division moving earlier this year.
Former middleweight champ Rockhold told the submission radio, he doesn’t believe GSP will fight Rober Whittaker and UFC should let him drop down to Welterweight class to face Tyron Woodley without stripping him of the title.
“Unfortunately it sounds like we have a holdup and it’s gonna take some time to iron out what’s next. . . I know [St-Pierre] is contractually obligated to defend his belt, but as we all heard on the mic, he’s backtracking, and he’s trying to find his way out, seemingly. . .
“I think it’s ridiculous if they were to let him hold onto it and not pull that. Let him relinquish that and go down to fight Tyron like it sounds like he wants to do. I think they should just get back to what made this company what it is. You go too far down the wrong trail, and there’s no turning back. You go too far into Conor McGregor land, and you get that fight going, and the whole thing is a mess. They need to just put the best against the best in each division and stop jumping around.”
Rockhold who recently won the match against David Branch back in September believes he is the best in the division and is ready to prove it against a real champ at 185 pounds, Robert Whittaker- If GSP holds up the title for too long.
“I’m ready to go, and I know Whittaker is ready to go. Obviously, he sees GSP, and he wants his payday but is he gonna get that? How long is he gonna drag his feet for? I’m ready to move forward with the division and get things going.
“I’ve talked about fighting Whittaker at UFC Perth with the UFC and it is potentially on the table, but I’m not going out there to fight for the interim title. GSP needs to figure it out. He needs to move on, get out, and really, Robert Whittaker is the real champion. Bisping lost that title, in my eyes, a long time ago when he decided to fight guys outside the top ten, and welterweights for that matter. He earned it. He got the title, but Whittaker’s been the man for the last year. He’s fought Jacare, he’s fought Yoel, he’s fought the top contenders, and that’s what it takes to be the champion. In my eyes, Whittaker’s the champ. So I’ll be ready to go to Perth, it’s just a matter of how this whole thing plays out.
“I know Whittaker obviously wants that fight with GSP, as he should, but I don’t think he’s gonna get it. I’m more than willing to move on and take him on in Perth. I love Australia and the kids a stud, and I’d be honored to fight him. “
Luke Rockhold said GSP needs to make his mind:
“I want to see what the f**k happens. GSP needs to make up his mind, and the UFC needs to make up their minds. We’ll see what happens. I think you can expect something announced here shortly. I would imagine they’re pretty eager to figure this thing out.”
Do you guys want to see a match between Robert Whittaker and Luke Rockhold?