There are no more persistent questions about the UFC middleweight championship.
The promotion announced on Thursday evening that Georges St-Pierre stripped of his belt just a month after winning it, and an undisputed title fight between former interim champion Robert Whittaker and former champion Luke Rockhold is ready .
Whittaker (19-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC) against Rockhold (16-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC) is happening at UFC 221, which will be held on February 10. at Perth Arena in Perth, Australia, and is broadcast on PPV after the preliminaries on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
The development comes just a day after St-Pierre (26-2 MMA, 20-2 UFC) told him TSN in Canada he did not think he was defending the 185-pound belt. St-Pierre, the long-time former welterweight champion who claimed the middleweight gold with a Michael Bisping debut in the third round at UFC 217, revealed last week that he suffers from colitis, which will keep him out indefinitely.
St-Pierre never had his future clear beyond his fight back after four years hiatus, despite being contractually bound to unify the belt. In the week after his victory over Bisping, St-Pierre promised he would not "freeze" the division.
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Now things can move along with Whittaker, Rockhold and the rest of the title image of the 185 pounds.
Whittaker claimed the interim middleweight belt in July with a unanimous decision victory over Yoel Romero at UFC 213. Whittaker has won his last eight overall contests, including seven consecutive since returning to welterweight middleweight in November. of 2014. Although he has been patient on the road, Whittaker clearly was eager to take a chance against one of the great all-time sports at St-Pierre.
Instead, Whittaker will face Rockhold, a former champion who comes from a technical knockout in the second round of David Branch at UFC Fight Night 116 in September. The fight marked the return of Rockhold to the octagon after more than a year. In his previous fight, he suffered an impressive knockout loss in the first round when he dropped the belt against Bisping at UFC 199 in June 2016.
For more information on UFC 221, see the UFC Rumors section of the site.