Georges St-Pierre Reveals Significant Injury Suffered At UFC 217

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One of the hottest topics in the UFC is newly-crowned middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre’s next fight following his title-sealing submission win over Michael Bisping in the main event of last weekend’s (Sat., Nov. 4, 2017) UFC 217 from Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York.

Dana White insists he’s going to unify the 185-pound belts with interim champion Robert Whittaker next, while the specter of a massive super fight with Conor McGregor looms large. But speaking during a media call in New York (via MMA Junkie) today, St-Pierre revealed that whatever his next move may be, he’s going to require some time to heal from a neck injury he suffered while battling Bisping.

Despite the injury, however, he said he plans to defend his new title:

“There’s going to be news about it in the next few weeks, but I don’t plan to hold the title and not defend it.

“It looked very insignificant when it happened,” St-Pierre said. “It wasn’t the strength of the hit. It was more the precision of it. It’s not his fault. We’re not allowed to hit there, but it was just in the heat of the fight, and it’s normal.

“My neck was so inflamed, when I was on the floor, I had a hard time posturing up because it was hurting very bad. It felt like I couldn’t contract my head to posture up. After the fight when I cooled down, it was terrible. It was like my neck couldn’t move. Now it’s still sore, but it got a lot better. I got treatment on it, so I’ll be back 100 percent.”

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So while it sounds like a serious injury, St-Pierre insists he’ll be back to full strength soon. His next bout still remains a mystery, but he said fighting Whittaker is in his contract, so his agent will soon meet with White and the UFC after he goes on vacation to clear his head:

(UFC President) Dana White is going to talk with my agent, they’re going to figure it out, and we’ll see after I come back from vacation.

“We’ll see what I want to do and where my head is,” he said. “I have no intention of holding onto the belt and freezing the division. That’s not what I want to do. Robert Whittaker is in my contract. If I want to fight again, it has to be against Robert Whittaker at 185 (pounds). That’s in my contract. I cannot, for example, go fight (welterweight champ) Tyron Woodley or go fight another guy.”

St-Pierre remained coy when asked if UFC 217 may have been his last fight, noting that it was the same question framed differently and that he hadn’t even made his own mind up yet:

“I don’t know,” he said. “It’s the same question from a different angle. That’s why I can’t talk about this – I don’t know right now.

“I understand it’s normal, but I don’t even know for myself what’s going to be the next move.”

  • Charles Charlemagne

    GSP should take the Whittaker fight because its a winnable fight for him. I believe its a more winnable fight than the Woodley fight. Whittaker has decent wrestling but I believe George can take him down if he chooses to. Romero struggled to take Whittaker down but he doesnt have the kind of blast double that GSP has.

    • buddy

      GSP’s blast double is long gone, notice how he chain wrestled bisping. GSP is better to fight tyron who is the same size if not smaller ( but muscular sure) whittaker is bigger and hits harder GSP will not be fighting him count on that he is too intelligent. I think we see GSP cut down to LW to fight Connor which is where the money is but to get to him he has to go through tyrone. I think GSP wants 3 belts. that said i would watch any of those fights.

      • Murderous1

        GSP will not fight RW and nobody cares to see it him and McChicken will fight for a lot of money and both retire

        • buddy

          thanks for repeating what i just said, do you read newspapers out loud over people shoulders as well? lol

          • Murderous1

            Yes I do

          • buddy

            well at least someone is keeping up that republican tradition! lol

    • Sébastien Poitras

      If he was very buzzed more than one time from Bisping’s punches, like he says in the post-fight interview, I think Whittaker’s strikes are going to be too much for GSP. I’d retire if I were him.