On Saturday night, Georges St-Pierre shocked UFC fans around the world by defeating Michael Bisping to win the UFC Middleweight Championship at UFC 217 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
UFC 217 has been dubbed as one of the best UFC pay-per-view events in history as fans witnessed three new champions being crowned on the night, including Rush's performance in the main event for the Middleweight title against The Count.
GSP won the UFC Middleweight Championship with a rear-naked choke submission in the third round of his fight against Bisping, his first win inside the Octagon in four years. This also made the Canadian the fourth person in UFC history to become a champion in multiple divisions alongside Randy Coutre, BJ Penn, and Conor McGregor.
The new Middleweight Champion will now take some much earned time off before stepping inside the Octagon again to defend his title, and a lot of UFC fighters have already thrown their hats into the ring as potential future opponents, including the UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley.
However, Dana White has revealed who St-Pierre's next opponent will be once he is ready to fight again, stating it will be a unification fight with the interim UFC Middleweight Champion Robert Whittaker.
The UFC president told reporters at the post-fight conference, according to MMA Fighting: “It’s going to be Whittaker. I don’t even know what’s going on with GSP. He was transported to the hospital, so he’s got to get stitches on his nose. If he doesn’t take Bisping down and keeps this fight standing, he comes out of that fight with almost no damage.
"Bisping did some serious work from his back and split his nose open and had him bleeding all over his face. He (St-Pierre) took some big shots from the top position and if he didn’t do that he probably would’ve come out unscratched. So yeah, he’s got to go to the hospital right now. We’ll see how he is and what the status is with him.”
Whittaker was at UFC 217 to see GSP successfully defeat Bisping for the UFC Middleweight Championship, and he said as well that he was looking forward to unifying the belts as he doesn't have any interest in defending the interim title.
When GSP vs Whittaker is going to take place remains to be seen, but if the Rush's performance at UFC 217 is anything to go back, it's going to be another entertaining fight.
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