Georges St-Pierre came back with a bang on Saturday night as he choked out Michael Bisping to claim the middleweight belt, and watching from cageside was his likely next opponent, interim titleholder Robert Whittaker.
St-Pierre has previously claimed that it’s written into his contract that he would have to fight Whittaker if he one the title, and Dana White was also adamant post-fight that this would be his next match-up, and if so, ‘The Reaper’ is confident he’ll be able to defeat the Canadian superstar.
“To be honest, he looked slower than he’s ever been,” Whittaker told news.com.au. “He’s just as crafty. You can see the intelligence is still there. His fight IQ is still there. He obviously hits harder at middleweight.
“But I hit hard, and I hit fast — and much harder and faster than Bisping. And I have much better defense than Bisping. So it looks good.”
Whittaker certainly has plenty to be confident about given that he’s currently riding an eight-fight winning streak and in his last two bouts has taken out two of the division’s most highly regarded fighters, Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza and Yoel Romero.
However, in the Octagon on Saturday night GSP seemed to stop short of confirming that he wanted to remain at middleweight after his title win, so there is always still the possibility that he could instead be tempted by a chance to win back the welterweight title he vacated four years ago by going up against the current champ Tyron Woodley.