Pierre Vacates Middleweight Title, Heavyweight Championship Fight Set, UFC Fresno, More

UFC eying middleweight title fight between Robert Whittaker and Luke Rockhold

St Pierre, the former welterweight king, returned to the sport last month with a stunning win over former middleweight champ Michael Bisping in NY.

When St-Pierre defeated Bisping at UFC 217, he stated numerous times that it was contractually obligated that he defend the belt but health issues have put him on the sidelines for an undetermined amount of time. However, a recent bout with colitis has forced St-Pierre to give up his crown.

Now St-Pierre is the champion at middleweight, with a young and dynamic striker in Robert Whittaker waiting in the shadows to unify his interim title with the Canadian when the opportunity presents itself.

As a result, interim middleweight champion Robert Whittaker has been elevated to the division's official titleholder and will face Luke Rockhold in the main event of UFC 221 on February 10 in Perth, Australia.

Dana White said he won't be thrilled if St. Pierre doesn't fight again at 185 because the two agreed that he would at least defend his title, but it doesn't sound like GSP cares given his current health concerns.

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"If you're sick you're sick, but the fact is, you don't want to fight in the division", Rockhold said. In July, he parlayed his wins over Derek Brunson and "Jacare" Souza into a fight with Yoel Romero for the interim middleweight title and he won the gold with a unanimous decision victory. "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".

Rockhold, on the other hand, surrendered his title in shocking fashion to Bisping at UFC 199 in June 2016. Rockhold faced top Middleweight and former World Series of Fighting Middleweight and Light Heavyweight champion, David Branch.

Numerous media outlets report the news on Thursday, with the reference on Ariel Helwani.

Despite the disappointing news on St-Pierre's side, the UFC is wasting no time moving on with its 185-pound division.

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