UFC interim middleweight champion Robert Whittaker is seemingly a affected person man.
Especially on the subject of just lately topped undisputed middleweight titleholder Georges St-Pierre.
On Thursday, St-Pierre (26-2 MMA, 20-2 UFC), who submitted Michael Bisping (30-Eight MMA, 20-Eight UFC) by way of third-round rear-naked choke on this previous Saturday’s UFC 217 pay-per-view headliner, informed reporters that he suffered a neck harm within the struggle and isn’t certain when he’ll return.
UFC champ Georges St-Pierre injured however will not ‘freeze’ division
Whittaker (19-Four MMA, 10-2 UFC), who’s been on the sidelines since beating Yoel Romero for the interim title in July, is meant to be subsequent up for St-Pierre. But St-Pierre, the previous longtime welterweight champion who moved as much as middleweight for his first struggle in 4 years, isn’t certain when he’ll be again due to the harm.
The UFC is internet hosting UFC 221 within the Australian metropolis of Perth on Feb. 11 (with a pay-per-view airdate on Feb. 10 as a result of time distinction), and having New Zealand-born Whittaker within the headliner will surely make sense.
But whether or not it’s Perth or someplace else – even St-Pierre’s native Montreal – Whittaker recommended he’s prepared to attend for one in all MMA’s most completed fighters (by way of Twitter):
“@GeorgesStPierre wishing u a speedy restoration get nicely quickly @dana can do that wherever
At the sports activities books, St-Pierre has opened as a small underdog (+150) to “Bobby Knuckles (-190).
With his title win, St-Pierre is now No. 1 within the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA middleweight rankings and No. 9 pound-for-pound. Whittaker is No. 2 at 185 kilos and No. 15 pound-for-pound.
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