Georges St-Pierre may only just have won the UFC middleweight title, but it now seems there’s a good chance he’ll never defend the belt.
In a new interview with TSN, St-Pierre confirmed long-held suspicions that he’s unlikely to stick around at 185lbs after defeating Michael Bisping at UFC 217 back in November.
“We’ll talk about it but I’m not sure if I compete I will go back at 185,” St-Pierre said. “I don’t think so.”
“Of course in terms of weight, if I want to go back to compete at 185, obviously eating like I did what I did, I learned from my mistakes. I don’t think it’s a good thing to do, force myself to eat, to gain muscle mass. I’ve always been against performance-enhancing drugs and I did the natural way. There’s no easy way. I did it the hard way and it was to gain weight and to maintain my muscle mass, it was very hard. It was not healthy.
“I think the body has a natural weight it can perform at its best athletic ability and for me the weight that I am now is my perfect weight.”
Since the fight, GSP has been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, a long-term condition that appears to have only further cemented the Canadian star’s belief that he’d be better off dropping back to a weight that’s more natural to him, and so that means that if and when he’s ready to return, a match-up with current welterweight kingpin Tyron Woodley may well be on the cards.