It seems the UFC has sort of backed themselves into a corner. Robert Whittaker fought the guy no one wanted to and beat Yoel Romero fair and square to win the interim UFC middleweight title. Instead of pairing Michael Bisping up with Whittaker to unify, the UFC opted to have Georges St-Pierre swoop down in an illustrious return and he ended up taking that title at UFC 217 in dramatic fashion. However, now St-Pierre’s plans are up in the air and Dana White is absolutely not having it.
“[Georges St-Pierre] looked at [Michael] Bisping like he was a tune-up [fight]. You got your tune-up, there’s nothing but f-king animals at 185 and 170. Luke Rockhold is massive, he’s massive when he cuts weight. There’s no good options. To sit there and try to handpick people, or where you want to go and everything else, you can’t in this f-king sport. They’re all nasty. You’re a fighter, get in there and see who you can f-king beat. You wanted to f-king come back, welcome back. I don’t even know if Perth [UFC 221 against Robert Whittaker] is what I want for him yet, so we’re gonna’ talk today and figure it out. I don’t wanna’ hear [about St-Pierre dropping back down to welterweight]. That’s not what I wanna’ hear. I wanna’ hear he’s gonna’ defend the 185-pound title. That’s the agreement we made. That’s the deal we made when we made the deal.” — Dana White during his recent media scrum.
Georges St-Pierre puts the UFC in an awkward position that has been building all year, so it’s easy to see the frustrations. With Conor McGregor, Ronda Rousey, and Jon Jones gone, St-Pierre gave the organization it’s biggest PPV buys of the year. Kelvin Gastelum just took out Bisping in Shanghai and just like that he’s in the title picture as well. If St-Pierre decides to not defend the middleweight title and go back down to welterweight, the division ends up in a worst limbo than it was before. However, Dana White said himself he’s not sure if he wants UFC 221 to be St-Pierre’s next fight anyway so the situation is all very convoluted.
The atmosphere last night at MSG was unreal… Feeling great today – Thanks everyone for making this the best night of my career!!! Merci! pic.twitter.com/4aYEAlnrgC
— Georges St-Pierre (@GeorgesStPierre) November 5, 2017
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 11/29/2017.