One of the hottest topics in the UFC is newly-crowned middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre's next fight following his title-sealing submission win over Michael Bisping in the main event of last weekend's (Sat., Nov. 4, 2017) UFC 217 from Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York.
"The UFC did not want me to go to middleweight and drop the belt and go to another weight class".
Dana White insists he's going to unify the 185-pound belts with interim champion Robert Whittaker next, while the specter of a massive super fight with Conor McGregor looms large. The 26-2 St. Pierre, who owns wins over Matt Hughes, B.J. Penn, Nick Diaz, Sean Sherk, and Johny Hendricks, ranks as the sport's greatest welterweight and in the conversation for the greatest pound-for-pound mixed-martial artist in the short history of the sport.
St-Pierre (26-2-0) had not fought since making his ninth straight welterweight title defence at UFC 167 on November 16, 2013, when he scored a narrow split decision over Johny (Bigg Rigg) Hendricks.
"I understand it's normal [the interest and speculation] but I don't even know for myself what's going to be the next move".
St-Pierre wrote on Instagram: 'Happy to give my new middleweight belt to coach Victor - I owe a big part of my success in the octagon to the Montreal Wrestling Club and YMHA!'
Well, during today's call, St-Pierre was asked about his plans in that respect, and he repeated his contractual obligations. "I can not, for example, go fight [welterweight champ] Tyron Woodley or go fight another guy". I don't want to take the credit away from him.
The Canadian was hailed as "the better man" by Bisping after the fight, and also said on Saturday that he is contractually obligated to defend his new belt, with the front-runner to his new title being Australian Robert Whittaker. The fight was very different than I thought it would be.
St-Pierre said he wasn't sure what his future might hold, although he suggested the answer might be coming in a few weeks.
(UFC President) Dana White is going to talk with my agent, they're going to figure it out, and we'll see after I come back from vacation. I was expecting a guy to come straight forward and try to knock me out, try to bully me, sprawl and brawl and instead of that, suing a lot of footwork.
Even St-Pierre doesn't know. A lot of things can happen in MMA. "I think I should have tried to pass his guard".
The question that remains, however, is what's next for Georges St-Pierre?
"When I got hit, I got kind of a flash-knockdown a little bit", he said.
One, St-Pierre sounded very pleased with his return to the Octagon to capture the middleweight title. I have no desire to hold on to the title and freeze the division. "I have to fight Robert Whittaker, that's my contract".