ROBERT Whittaker appears likely to face Luke Rockhold, not UFC middleweight champion and MMA legend Georges St-Pierre, at UFC 221 in Perth.
Respected MMA journalist Ariel Helwani reported on Thursday that preliminary talks were underway which would see Whittaker, the interim middleweight champion, face Rockhold on February 11.
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.
Helwani reported that it was unclear as to whether Whittaker v Rockhold would be for the interim or official championship.
However GSP told Canadian sports network TSN that he is unsure whether he will fight in the middleweight division ever again due to health concerns.
“We’ll talk about it, but I’m not sure if I compete I will go back at 185. I don’t think so,” St-Pierre said.
GSP is suffering from colitis, an illness that may be tied to the changes he made to move up a weight class.
“Of course, in terms of weight, if I want to go back to compete at 185, I will — obviously eating, like I did what I did, I learned from my mistakes, I don’t think it’s a good thing to do, force myself to eat to gain muscle mass.”