"I will be giving up my belt and once I'm healthy I look forward to working with the UFC to determine what's next in my career".
The undisputed UFC middleweight championship will be on the line in Australia on February 10 (Feb. 11 local time), when Robert Whittaker defends his crown for the first time against former titleholder Luke Rockhold in the main event of UFC 221.
Georges St-Pierre may only just have won the UFC middleweight title, but it now seems there's a good chance he'll never defend the belt.
Pierre is no longer the UFC's middleweight champion. His coaches said he was throwing up regularly and almost pulled out of the fight against Bisping. GSP is battling ulcerative colitis anyway so prior to his recent interview it was expected that the Interim champion, Robert Whittaker would indeed defend his title before challenging for GSP's anyway.
"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". The 26-year-old New Zealand native aggravated a knee injury in that fight and took the rest of 2017 off. "For me, the wight I have now is my flawless weight". I've always been against performance-enhancing drugs and I did the natural way. There is no easy way.
"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 flawless weight". St-Pierre cites that his health is his priority and the reason that he opted to vacate the title.
"I feel much better now than before and also it's a lot less blood so it's good".