Dana White: Robert Whittaker is next for new UFC champ Georges St-Pierre
NEW YORK – There’s been no shortage of speculation as to what would happen to the UFC’s undisputed middleweight title after UFC 217’s headliner.
Would a win over Georges St-Pierre send Michael Bisping into retirement? Should St-Pierre come out victorious, would the returning Canadian simply go back to the welterweight division he ruled for so long? Or, even, could current 170-pound champ Tyron Woodley cut in line and have his shot at the winner?
Would the winner of Saturday’s headliner ever get to unify the title with interim champ Robert Whittaker (19-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC)?
As we know, St-Pierre (26-2 MMA, 20-2 UFC) ended up claiming Bisping’s (30-8 MMA, 20-8 UFC) crown with a submission win in the pay-per-view headliner at Madison Square Garden in New York So far, neither he nor Bisping has announced a retirement. And, at least according to UFC President Dana White, there’s little doubt as to what comes next for the two-division champion.
“It’s going to be Whittaker,” White said after UFC 217.
“I don’t even know what’s going on with GSP,” White said. “He was transported to the hospital (immediately after UFC 217). He’s got to get stitches on his nose. You know, if he doesn’t take Bisping down and keeps it stands, he comes out of this fight with almost no damage. Bisping did some serious work from his back – split his nose open, had blood all over his face.
“He took some big shots from the top position. If he didn’t do that, he probably would have come out pretty much unscathed. But he’s got to go to the hospital right now. We’ll see how he is, I don’t know what the status is with him.”
White had already told ESPN.com that the fight was a “done deal.” Later asked if the meeting is “definitely” the one to make next, he was straightforward.
“Yeah,” White said.
Good thing that, before UFC 217, Whittaker was clear in that he wasn’t particularly concerned about the time or place of the bout, and instead focused solely on being prepared for whomever it’s against.
“The things is, I’ll just have to make sure I’m ready to fight when they’re ready to fight and fight them,” Whittaker said. “I’m not worried where it is, when it is – I just want to find out who it is.”
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