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08 December 2017, 06:42 | Charlene Valdez
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UFC veteran Georges St-Pierre has vacated the middleweight championship meaning New Zealand-born Robert Whittaker will fight Luke Rockhold in Perth for the undisputed crown. This strongly supports St-Pierre's claims that he isn't a natural middleweight.
"If you're sick you're sick, but the fact is, you don't want to fight in the division", Rockhold said.
The 33-year-old Rockhold (16-3-0) has held both the UFC and Strikeforce titles at 185 pounds.
Whittaker was crowned the interim champion when he outpointed Yoel Romero in July.
Whittaker, who is born in New Zealand but resides in Sydney, will defend his title against Luke Rockhold (16-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC) in the main event of UFC 221, which takes place February 10 in Perth, Australia. "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".
"I did what I did; I learned from my mistakes", said St-Pierre, who seems to attribute a recent bout of colitis to his calorific pre-UFC 217 diet. The former champion has been vocal about St-Pierre avoiding a fight with other middleweight contenders and only sought to fight a vulnerable opponent in the division who happened to be champion.
The UFC have confirmed that Australian Whittaker is now officially the holder of the title, and while he has won it without a punch, it won't be long before he is forced to defend it.
That comes despite UFC president Dana White's proclamation that he would be "super pissed" if GSP did not face Whittaker in a unification bout at the company's debut event in Western Australia. The former champ Rockhold, meanwhile, is coming off a stoppage win over David Branch in September.
Sydney's Whittaker first arrived on the UFC scene when he won The Ultimate Fighter Smashes at welterweight in 2012.
Despite the disappointing news on St-Pierre's side, the UFC is wasting no time moving on with its 185-pound division.
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