The year 2017 was quite a wacky one for the UFC, especially when it came to the middleweight division.
The year started with Michael Bisping as champion and months of on-again, off-again negotiations and announcements about a bout between Bisping and a returning Georges St Pierre. Meanwhile, Robert Whittaker won the interim title, defeating Yoel Romero at UFC 213 in July. And while GSP defeated Bisping at UFC 217, Whittaker ended the year as champion when GSP was forced to the sidelines once again.
As reported by MMA Fighting, Whittaker was on a recent edition of The MMA Hour and discussed not getting the chance to fight GSP.
“I was split,” Whittaker said. “It was hard. I thought maybe if we fought in Montreal, we get a big pay-per-view, [St-Pierre] may want to fight me, because realistically, he doesn’t have too much to lose with that fight. But, yeah, there was always that part of me that thought, ‘No, there’s no way he’s going to take that fight with me.’ It’s a hard fight for anyone on any given day. And like he showed and he said, it’s not his division.
He’s not built for the division the way that I am or other middleweights are, so it was hard for him to get up to the weight and to utilize that weight properly. I always knew there was a very big chance he was just going to take off and not fight.
Whittaker also discussed the interim title fight at UFC 221 between Romero and Luke Rockhold, as well as his injuries and his thoughts on the UFC middleweight division. You can watch the full interview in the video player above.
Original Story: MMA Fighting