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Sport Georges St-Pierre vacates UFC middleweight title due to health issues

18:50  08 december  2017
18:50  08 december  2017 Source:   pressassociation.com

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Georges St - Pierre vacates the middleweight title , making Robert Whittaker the new champ. New, 56 comments. In a press release put out by the UFC , GSP states “I don’t want to hold up the division.

Georges St - Pierre vacates UFC world middleweight championship belt to focus on ulcerative Georges St - Pierre steps down as UFC middleweight champion due to ill health The 36-year-old is suffering with a long-term health condition, ulcerative colitis

Georges St-Pierre has been diagnoses with ulcerative colitis: UFC 204 - Manchester Arena © PA WIRE UFC 204 - Manchester Arena

Georges St-Pierre has vacated the UFC middleweight title in order to battle ulcerative colitis.

The 36-year-old Canadian took the belt last month with a third-round win over Britain's Michael Bisping at Madison Square Garden but will not defend his crown.

"My fight at UFC 217 was one of the greatest nights of my life but I now need to take some time to focus on my health," St-Pierre said in a statement on UFC's official website.

"Out of respect to the athletes and the sport, I don't want to hold up the division. I will be giving up my belt and once I'm healthy I look forward to working with the UFC to determine what's next in my career."

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St - Pierre vacates 185 title ; Whittaker elevated. With Georges St - Pierre vacating the UFC 's middleweight championship to focus on his health , Robert Whittaker is now the division's titleholder.

News came down late Thursday evening that newly-crowned comeback star of UFC , Georges St - Pierre has vacated the UFC 's middleweight championship , one month after winning the title in a spectacular third-round submission against Michael Bisping at UFC 217.

St-Pierre, just the fourth fighter in UFC history to become a champion in two weight divisions and widely considered one of the sport's modern greats, revealed last week that he was suffering from ulcerative colitis - a form of inflammatory bowel disease.

He said in a post on Facebook: "I now understand the health issues that I had during my last training camp... I hoped my condition would improve after the fight but unfortunately it got worse and I had to go straight to the hospital for a colonoscopy when I came back from vacation last Wednesday.

"The diagnosis is ulcerative colitis and I am now taking medication that will hopefully appease the symptoms. My health is my #1 priority right now, I'm still a very happy man, thanks for your support!!!"

His vacation means Robert Whittaker has been elevated to undisputed champion and he will defend his strap against former titlist Luke Rockhold at UFC 221 in February.

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