GSP puts plans on hold

St-Pierre to talk fight­ing fu­ture af­ter va­ca­tion

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Newly crowned mid­dleweight cham­pion Ge­orges St-Pierre says he will dis­cuss his fight­ing fu­ture with the UFC af­ter a planned va­ca­tion.

Right now his con­tract has him fight­ing in­terim mid­dleweight ti­tle-holder Robert Whit­taker next.

“But a lot of things can hap­pen in MMA. You see things change all the time,” St-Pierre told a me­dia con­fer­ence call Thurs­day.

The 36-yearold from Mon­treal said he is go­ing on hol­i­day “to for­get about fight­ing.”

“It’s not my job to think about that; it’s (for) the UFC and my agent. They’re go­ing to talk about it and see what the next move is.”

The mid­dleweight peck­ing or­der changed with the re­turn of St-Pierre, who moved up a weight class to take on Michael Bisp­ing. The 185-pound land­scape changed even more when St-Pierre, in his first fight in four years, sub­mit­ted Bisp­ing in the third round of Satur­day’s UFC 217 main event at Madi­son Square Gar­den.

St-Pierre said he wasn’t sure what his fu­ture might hold, al­though he sug­gested the an­swer might come in a few weeks.

He did say that he would not hold up the mid­dleweight di­vi­sion.

“I don’t plan to hold the ti­tle and not de­fend it ... I know there’s other guys in line — (for­mer cham­pion) Luke Rock­hold, Whit­taker and all these guys. They have a fam­ily to feed.”

The 26-year-old Whit­taker (204-0) won the in­terim 185-pound ti­tle in June with a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion over Yoel Romero at UFC 213. Bisp­ing was in­jured at the time.

St-Pierre (26-2-0) had not fought since mak­ing his ninth straight wel­ter­weight ti­tle de­fence at UFC 167 on Nov. 16, 2013, when he scored a split de­ci­sion over Johny Hen­dricks.

St-Pierre said the big change was that Satur­day night he wanted to be un­der the spot­light.

“When I left the sport more than four years ago, I was in a bad place men­tally. I was not hav­ing fun. I was hav­ing fun Satur­day, I mean hav­ing fun to a cer­tain ex­tent be­cause you get hit in the head ... I did this be­cause I wanted to, not be­cause I had to.”


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