Georges St-Pierre vacates middleweight title; Robert Whittaker takes spot

Georges St-Pierre vacates middleweight title; Robert Whittaker takes spot

Now St-Pierre is the champion at middleweight, with a young and dynamic striker in Robert Whittaker waiting in the shadows to unify his interim title with the Canadian when the opportunity presents itself.

"My fight at UFC 217 was one of the greatest nights of my life but I now need to take some time to focus on my health", he said in the statement. 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.

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.

Luke Rockhold returned to the octagon in September after having not fought since he lost the title to Michael Bisping at UFC 199 in June of 2016. Whittaker would also be entering the fight on an eight bout winning streak and he hasn't suffered a defeat in nearly four years.

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UFC officials confirmed the news on Thursday.

The former champion has been vocal about St-Pierre avoiding a fight with other middleweight contenders and only sought to fight a vulnerable opponent in the division who happened to be champion.

Earlier this week, Luke Rockhold called Whittaker "the real champ" and said he was "ready to fight him".

Before his lengthy hiatus began following a successful UFC welterweight title defence against Johny Hendricks in November 2013, GSP only competed in the 170-pound division. "When you're on top, everybody want to have what you got and it's not new for me, I'm used to that kind of stuff, I don't take it personal". Let us know your thoughts on the matter in the comments section below!

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