GSP: I Don’t Know What’s Next
After spending four years away from the UFC, Georges St-Pierre stepped in where he left off with his title win over Michael Bisping at UFC 217, but now he doesn’t know what’s next.
“I can’t say for sure anything. I don’t know anything,” St-Pierre said .
“We’ll see what’s going to happen. I’m very happy. I wanted to take one fight at a time, solve one problem at a time, and from there, make a decision. And I did this — I think it was good for the UFC. They made a lot of money, and it was good for me as well. It was good for Michael Bisping. Michael Bisping is someone that I really admire. He’s incredibly brave and he’s a true example of determination in this sport. He’s the man.”
“He said a lot of things about me, but I don’t take it personal. I truly believe that he said it to make the fight more exciting, and actually I should’ve said ‘thank you’ to him, because we sold a lot of pay-per-views.”
St-Pierre admitted Thursday that he struggled to maintain the extra weight he needed to compete in the middleweight division, suffering through “severe cramps” and other medical issues in camp, and trying to force himself to eat five to six times a day. On the morning of UFC 217, as his body only rehydrated back to 191 pounds rather than the 197, 198-pound range he was walking around at before his weight cut.
St-Pierre said he also threw up his breakfast on the morning of fight day, noting that his body seemed to be shutting down on him.
There were also a few additional positives of competing at 185 pounds that could lead to St-Pierre sticking around the division.
“In my contract, I have to fight Robert Whittaker,” St-Pierre said. “But you know, it didn’t go that bad (at middleweight). If you look at my fight, maybe I was smaller, but I was faster, I felt more athletic. I had advantages in certain areas, but maybe the size and the weight department was not to my advantage.”
St-Pierre was noncommittal, admitting that he isn’t even sure if UFC 217 will end up being his final fight. St-Pierre added that he believes he injured his neck in the opening round of the Bisping fight and will need to recover before anything else.
“The middleweight division did not believe I was going to fight Michael Bisping either. And I did, and I won, and I won in a good fashion.”
“It’s written in my contract (that I have to fight Whittaker). If it gets me excited, I don’t know. He’s an excellent fighter, and he was in Montreal before — he’s an incredible martial artist. He’s a great champion. I have only positive things to say about Robert Whittaker. … I don’t know. Look, I just finished off a very hard fight. I’m still bruised up a little bit. My neck, I still feel it. I need some vacation. I’m going to go on vacation, clear up my head and see what’s [next].”
St-Pierre said he doesn’t want to clog up the middleweight title picture and noted that “there’s a chance” he still ends up fighting Whittaker.
“I’ll take a few weeks and then I’ll decide,” St-Pierre said. “I have no desire to hold onto the title and freeze the division. That’s not what I want to do.
“There’s a lot of different things that can change. Mixed martial arts is a sport that changes all the time, and like I said, I wanted to come back to make history, to do something that’d never been done before. I know it’s in my contract (to fight Whittaker), but you never know. Dana (White) could come back with some proposition or whatever.
“Dana is the boss, we’ll see what’s going to happen. I just need some vacation now. That’s why I burned out last time, because I was trying to think too much ahead of time. And sometimes when you try to think ahead of time, things that you’re thinking about, you’re wasting your energy because they don’t even happen.”