Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre hasn’t fought since 2013. He initially cited the need to take a break from the pressures of being a truly great fighter, and later expanded his concerns to include PED testing. The UFC instituted arguably the strictest PED testing in sports. St-Pierre eventually began negotiations with the UFC for his return, and they bogged down for months over sponsorships. Those eventually were sorted out, and the fighter had a path towards becoming the undeniable G.O.A.T. – beat Michael Bisping for the middleweight title, then beat Conor McGregor for the lightweight title becoming the first three belt UFC champion.
Then GSP said he was ready to fight, after October:
The upper echelon of the middleweight division rightly lost their mind, as Bisping’s first title defense was a rematch vs. Dan Henderson, who was not in the top 10. Schedule the fight in November and add in recoveries and injury and no legitimate middleweight contender would get a shot in a span of say two years.
Now in an exclusive interview with FOX Sports Australia’s UFC Fight Week, White says he has canceled the fight.
“I made this GSP fight, we did a press conference,” said White, as transcribed by FOX Sports. “The thing was supposed to happen in July. Michael Bisping is going to have to defend his title now. We’re not waiting for GSP.”
“[Yoel Romero] doesn’t need to voice his opinion on why he needs a title shot. He definitely deserves a title shot. He’s next in line, he’s the No.1 ranked guy in the world.
“Georges St-Pierre was coming back. Bisping-St-Pierre – they both wanted that fight. We asked Yoel to step aside, he did. It doesn’t look like that fight is gonna happen now. Georges St-Pierre is saying he will not be ready to compete now until November. Who knows if that’s even the case. It could be next year.
“So we’re not waiting for Georges St-Pierre anymore. We’re moving on with the division, and Yoel Romero will get the next shot.”
Who ever wins that one could next face surging Australian Robert Whittaker.
“Let me tell you what: I’d love to be doing the middleweight world title back in Australia,” said White. “How crazy you think that would be?”
“Australia’s been very good to the UFC and to the sport of mixed martial arts. Now, it looks like you guys could potentially have a world champion.”