Dana White Casts Doubt that Georges St-Pierre Will Ever Fight in the UFC Again
Georges St-Pierre is no longer the UFC middleweight champion after he vacated the belt earlier this week to focus on his health after being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis following his win over Michael Bisping in November.
From the moment he captured the title there was doubt that St-Pierre would ever defend the belt considering he was a career welterweight but he insisted that the UFC put a clause in his contract that required him to stay at 185 pounds for his next fight.
That all fell by the wayside this week with St-Pierre giving up the title to make way for a new title fight between interim champion Robert Whittaker and Luke Rockhold. The move also didn’t seem to surprise UFC president Dana White all that much considering he was the one responsible for requiring St-Pierre to defend the title if he was allowed to compete for the middleweight championship.
Add to that, White’s reaction also seems to point at St-Pierre’s return to the UFC being one and done, especially considering the lack of interest he showed when asked about prospective matchups against the elite fighters currently competing at 170 pounds.
“You know at the end of the day, there’s a reason I put that stuff in the contract for him to sign. There’s a reason. Am I shocked? I don’t think anybody’s shocked. He came out, he hand picked [Michael] Bisping and went away again. Whatever. It is what it is,” White said on Saturday night.
“He doesn’t want to fight anybody at welterweight. That’s why he fought Bisping. He didn’t want to fight [Tyron] Woodley, he didn’t want to fight [Stephen] “Wonderboy” Thompson, he didn’t want to fight any of those guys. He wanted to fight Michael Bisping and he did and now he’s off again.”
White had previously said that he would be angry if St-Pierre decided to surrender the middleweight title in favor of returning to his old weight class but admittedly he wasn’t all that upset in the end.
Instead, White just had his initial skepticism about St-Pierre’s return to action confirmed with seemingly little hope that he’ll come back again.
“Listen, I’m not shocked, I’m not mad. It is what it is,” White said. “I thought I would be [pissed] but I’m not. I expected it.
“I had him sign a contract saying that he would defend against [Robert] Whittaker for a reason. Because I knew he wouldn’t.”