Damon Martin @DamonMartin
And it's official — Georges St-Pierre has vacated his title and now Robert Whittaker faces Luke Rockhold for the undisputed middleweight belt at UFC 221 in Australia.2017-12-8 02:09:51
The middleweight division will move forward without Georges St-Pierre at the helm.
Ariel Helwani @arielhelwani
Georges St-Pierre is no longer the middleweight champion of the UFC, sources say. Whittaker-Rockhold is for the real belt at 221.2017-12-8 02:01:48
The news was first tweeted by MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani on Thursday. MMA journalist Damon Martin later confirmed that GSP would relinquish the belt he won from Michael Bisping at UFC 217.
Mike Bohn @MikeBohnMMA
Robert Whittaker has indeed been promoted to undisputed UFC middleweight champion, per UFC. https://t.co/54pYIcYect2017-12-8 02:19:28
Per Helwani, UFC interim middleweight champion Robert Whittaker and Luke Rockhold will headline UFC 221 in Australia. In light of the GSP news, the UFC removed the interim tag from Whittaker and promoted him as the undisputed champion.
GSP provided a statement through the UFC.
“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. Out of respect to the athletes and the sport, I don’t want to hold up the division. I will be giving up my belt and once I’m healthy I look forward to working with the UFC to determine what’s next in my career.”
UFC 221 takes place on February 11 in Perth, Western Australia.