St-Pierre gives up UFC mid­dleweight belt

Vancouver Sun - - SPORTS -

Cit­ing health is­sues, Ge­orges St-Pierre has given up his newly won UFC mid­dleweight ti­tle. The 36-year-old from Mon­treal won the 185-pound crown Nov. 4 when he de­throned Michael Bisp­ing at UFC 217 in New York. It was the first fight for St-Pierre since he stepped away from the sport four years ear­lier. St-Pierre (26-2-0) said his con­tract called for him to fight in­terim cham­pion Robert (The Reaper) Whit­taker next, but that’s now off. “My fight at UFC 217 was one of the great­est nights of my life, but I now need to take some time to fo­cus on my health,” St-Pierre said in a state­ment. “Out of re­spect to the ath­letes and the sport, I don’t want to hold up the di­vi­sion.” St-Pierre has been di­ag­nosed with ul­cer­a­tive col­i­tis.

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