It seems a title unification bout is on the horizon for Georges St-Pierre.
On Saturday night, the former UFC welterweight king returned to the Octagon after a four-year layoff to take on UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping in the main event of UFC 217, which took place at the Madison Square Garden in New York City. After two competitive rounds, St-Pierre defeated Bisping with a third-round rear-naked choke, thus becoming the new middleweight champ.
Although St-Pierre now sits at the top of the 185-pound division, there is another man that can stake a claim to his throne: UFC interim middleweight champion Robert Whittaker.
UFC president Dana White would like to see the Canadian unify the title with Whittaker next, but doesn’t have a date or time frame for the match up.
“It’s going to be Whittaker,” White told reporters at the post-fight conference. “I don’t even know what’s going on with GSP. He was transported to the hospital, so he’s got to get stitches on his nose. If he doesn’t take Bisping down and keeps this fight standing, he comes out of that fight with almost no damage. Bisping did some serious work from his back and split his nose open and had him bleeding all over his face. He (St-Pierre) took some big shots from the top position and if he didn’t do that he probably would’ve come out unscratched. So yeah, he’s got to go to the hospital right now. We’ll see how he is and what the status is with him.”
St-Pierre became the second man to ever submit Bisping and one of the very few fighters to have captured UFC gold in two different weight classes. White believes St-Pierre made one of the best career comebacks in the history of combat sports.
“No, (I haven’t seen anything like it),” White said. “Even Ali didn’t look the same after a three-year layoff, you know. He was still a great fighter, but he didn’t look the same as he did before the layoff and very few people have come back from long layoffs. Not only come back and win in their own division, but move up to 185 pounds and fight in that division, it’s tough to do.”
“Its great to have GSP back. He came after a four-year layoff and fought a great fight tonight. People think Bisping is easy, but show me one easy fight Bisping has been in where you just go in there and walk over Bisping, you don’t do it. And GSP looked real good tonight.”