GSP Diagnosed with Colitis
After coming back from a four-year hiatus and winning the UFC Middleweight Championship from Michael Bisping at UFC 217 last month, it appears Georges St-Pierre has been forced to the sidelines yet again.
GSP is reportedly dealing with colitis, a chronic and inflammatory bowel disease that affects the inner lining of the colon and affects the digestive tract. Symptoms of the disease include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and pain. More severe cases of colitis require surgery.
UFC President Dana White told MMA Weekly, “They actually called me yesterday and I think that it’s out that he has colitis.”
GSP later confirmed the reports in a Facebook post, stating that symptoms began appearing in the training camp leading up to the fight with Bisping.
GSP choked Bisping unconscious in the third round of their title fight at UFC 217, giving GSP his first win by stoppage in eight years. GSP also joined Randy Couture, B.J. Penn and Conor McGregor as the only fighters to ever win UFC championships in two different weight divisions.
Upon conditions of the title fight, GSP is contractually obligated to defend the championship against interim UFC Middleweight Champion Robert Whittaker sometime in 2018.