Georges St-Pierre made his triumphant return to mixed martial arts Saturday night at UFC 217, defeating Michael Bisping to win the middleweight championship. It was St-Pierre’s first fight in four years, and was expected to be the first fight in what would be a second run inside the Octagon.
The middleweight champion, however, admits that may not be the case.
“I can’t say for sure anything. I don’t know anything,” St-Pierre told Ariel Helwani Thursday.
“We’ll see what’s going to happen. I’m very happy. I wanted to take one fight at a time, solve one problem at a time, and from there, make a decision. And I did this — I think it was good for the UFC. They made a lot of money, and it was good for me as well. It was good for Michael Bisping.
Should St-Pierre choose to remain the active middleweight champion, his next fight would likely come against interim titleholder Robert Whittaker. It’s unclear how soon that fight may take place, though, with St-Pierre noting he suffered a neck injury during his third-round submission win against Bisping.
“In my contract, I have to fight Robert Whittaker,” St-Pierre said. “But you know, it didn’t go that bad (at middleweight). If you look at my fight, maybe I was smaller, but I was faster, I felt more athletic. I had advantages in certain areas, but maybe the size and the weight department was not to my advantage.”
“I’ll take a few weeks and then I’ll decide,” St-Pierre later added. “I have no desire to hold onto the title and freeze the division. That’s not what I want to do.