St-Pierre reached the summit of the middleweight department closing month in the principle match of UFC 217, which happened at Madison Sq. Lawn in New York Town.
The Canadian claimed the middleweight crown with a third-round submission victory over Britain’s Michael Bisping, a triumph which noticed him seize his fourth UFC name.
In spite of changing into the brand new ruler of the middleweight department, St-Pierre’s long run within the weight elegance stays up within the air.
The previous two-time UFC welterweight champion has but to publicly devote his long run to the department, a reality which has led many to consider he plans on vacating the belt and returning to the 170lbs department.
Rockhold, the load elegance’ former ruler, believes that will be the very best result for the department and suggested ‘GSP’ to relinquish the name previous this week.
“He’s too small. Guys like me will ceremonial dinner on Georges. He received’t closing right here. He had his alternative. He were given his belt. Just right for you. Simply transfer alongside,” the California local stated all the way through an look on The MMA Hour.
“Transfer alongside and allow us to maintain our trade right here. I’m able to combat. I’m able to combat one thing that is smart, and at the moment not anything is smart.
“Clearly, (Robert) Whittaker is the true champ and we’ll transfer alongside. And I’m able to combat him.
“I’m a realist. If Georges had been to stick it might be laughable. I’d be searching for the combat. I’m now not going to look the combat as a result of I are aware of it’s now not reasonable.
“Georges received’t combat me. He received’t combat any people, so do what’s proper. Whittaker has been the champ for a very long time. He’s been the true champ. Make it professional and let’s transfer on.”
Not up to 48 hours after Rockhold known as on St-Pierre to vacate the name, the previous long run UFC Corridor of Famer printed that protecting the middleweight belt isn’t in his plans.
“I’m now not positive if I compete that I will be able to return to 185,” St-Pierre informed TSN’s Kara Wagland. “I do not believe so.”