There’s been some speculation recently as to whether Georges St-Pierre will stick around at middleweight after winning the title from Michael Bisping at UFC 217, or if he’ll drop back down to the welterweight ranks that he once ruled.

Even St-Pierre’s famed boxing coach Freddie Roach seemed to be leaning more towards him dropping to 170lbs in the immediate aftermath of his victory, but only a few weeks later he has now indicated that its looking more likely that ‘Rush’ will be sticking around to defend the belt.

“[GSP] taked to Dana [White] and Dana said we have to defend the title at least once, so that’s now what’s on-board,” Roach told MMAHeat’s Karyn Bryant. “In the UFC there’s not much competition, so you have to do what they say!”

Their plans could yet change though, and at the moment it’s still very much up in the air as to whether St-Pierre will be ready in time to fit in with the UFC’s hopes of putting on his fight with Whittaker at UFC 221 in Perth, Australia on February 11th of next year.

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