Newly topped middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre right now revealed a neck damage he suffered throughout his title-winning struggle towards Michael Bisping, however he stated he nonetheless plans to struggle interim titleholder Robert Whittaker.
“There’s going to be news about it in the next few weeks, but I don’t plan to hold the title and not defend it,” St-Pierre advised reporters right now throughout a media name 5 days after his win at UFC 217 in New York.
St-Pierre (26-2 MMA, 20-2 UFC), who submitted Bisping (30-Eight MMA, 20-Eight UFC) by way of rear-naked choke within the third spherical of the pay-per-view headliner at Madison Square Garden, stated the damage occurred within the first spherical of the struggle when the Brit threw an elbow from the underside that contacted that again of his head.
“It looked very insignificant when it happened,” St-Pierre stated. “It wasn’t the energy of the hit. It was extra the precision of it. It’s not his fault. We’re not allowed to hit there, but it surely was simply within the warmth of the struggle, and it’s regular.
“My neck was so inflamed, when I was on the floor, I had a hard time posturing up because it was hurting very bad. It felt like I couldn’t contract my head to posture up. After the fight when I cooled down, it was terrible. It was like my neck couldn’t move. Now it’s still sore, but it got a lot better. I got treatment on it, so I’ll be back 100 percent.”
Robert Whittaker: Georges St-Pierre ‘seemed slower than he is ever been’ at UFC 217
First on the brand new champ’s itinerary, nonetheless, is a trip to “forget about fighting.” He plans to speak with UFC officers about their plans for unifying the middleweight title towards Whittaker (19-Four MMA, 10-2 UFC), who welcomed a gathering with St-Pierre in February at UFC 221 in Perth, Australia.
But St-Pierre resisted repeated inquiries to tie him all the way down to a timeline.
“(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,” he advised MMAjunkie when requested if he can be focused on unifying the title at UFC 221, or would favor to struggle elsewhere.
Whatever he decides, St-Pierre stated he’ll make up his thoughts quickly.
“We’ll see what I want to do and where my head is,” he stated. “I have no intention of holding onto the belt and freezing the division. That’s not what I want to do. Robert Whittaker is in my contract. If I want to fight again, it has to be against Robert Whittaker at 185 (pounds). That’s in my contract. I cannot, for example, go fight (welterweight champ) Tyron Woodley or go fight another guy.”
With UFC 217 win, did Georges St-Pierre simply settle an previous argument about MMA greats?
St-Pierre stated he didn’t know if he’d return to the welterweight division following a struggle with Whittaker.
Asked if he may merely retire as a substitute of returning to middleweight, the brand new champ giggled.
“I don’t know,” he stated. “It’s the identical query from a unique angle. That’s why I can’t speak about this – I don’t know proper now
“I understand it’s normal, but I don’t even know for myself what’s going to be the next move.”
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