Robert Whittaker vs. Luke Rockhold Heading To UFC 221

GSP was considered an outside chance but it’s still a chance

UFC eying middleweight title fight between Robert Whittaker and Luke Rockhold

With GSP out, it was promotion time for Whittaker, and a #1 contender opening for Rockhold, as he gets his chance to become the two-time middleweight champion of the world.

"I did what I did; I learned from my mistakes", said St-Pierre, who seems to attribute a recent bout of colitis to his calorific pre-UFC 217 diet.

In an interview with TSN, St-Pierre used his strongest language yet to prepare us for the seemingly inevitable vacating of his title.

Georges St-Pierre has vacated the UFC middleweight title he won just over a month ago when he defeated Michael Bisping.

For most mixed martial arts (MMA) fans, the last legitimate 185-pound title defense came when Luke Rockhold lost his title to Michael Bisping in the summer of a year ago.

"Of course in terms of weight, if I want to go back to compete at 185, obviously eating like I did what I did, I learned from my mistakes".

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.

It's been only 33 days since Canada native, St-Pierre won the title.

"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". Do you think that this is the right step for the UFC's 185-pound division?

Instead, interim strapholder Robert Whittaker (who was elevated to full-time champion) and former champion Luke Rockhold will square off for the 185-pound belt at UFC 221 on February 10 in Perth, Australia.

Whittaker has been out of action since beating Yoel Romero for the interim title at UFC 213 in July where he suffered a knee injury.

Mike Bohn is Rolling Stone's combat sports reporter.

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