GSP puts plans on hold
St-Pierre to talk fighting future after vacation
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.”