Robert Whittaker keeps things elegant after the news that UFC middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre is sidelined with a case of colitis.
UFC President Dana White revealed Friday that St-Pierre (26-2 MMA, 20-2 UFC) will be out of action "for a minute" as he deals with the health problem. He did not offer many details about the champion's condition other than saying he is not sure of the possible return of St-Pierre.
The revelation directly affects 185-pound interim champion Whittaker (19-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC), who hoped to have a title unification fight with St-Pierre next year. Despite that, Whittaker took advantage of social networks to offer an answer to his next potential opponent (via Instagram):
Although there was never an official timeline for the fight (or a guarantee that St-Pierre even would defend the belt, despite contractually compelled), UFC 221 on February 11 in the Australian city of Perth seemed to be the obvious candidate for Whittaker's next bout.
Georges St-Pierre better unifies the middleweight title of UFC, or otherwise Dana White will be & supercute pissed & # 39;
It seemed unlikely that St-Pierre, who claimed the belt with a third-round appearance by Michael Bisping at UFC 217 last month, would travel to Australia for a title defense, even if he was perfectly healthy. Given the current circumstances, perhaps "Bobby Knuckles" will defend his interim crown at UFC 221.
His publication, however, indicates that he is not thinking much outside of unifying gold.
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