Georges St-Pierre’s middleweight title reign lasted just over a month.
On Thursday night, GSP announced that he would be vacating his title in order to focus on his health. St-Pierre made the decision so he would not hold up the 185-pound division.
“My fight at UFC 217 was one of the greatest nights of my life but I now need to take some time to focus on my health,” St-Pierre said in a statement provided by the UFC. “Out of respect to the athletes and the sport, I don’t want to hold up the division.
“I will be giving up my belt and once I’m healthy I look forward to working with the UFC to determine what’s next in my career.”
As a result, Robert Whittaker has been promoted from interim champ to the undisputed title holder.
Whittaker will now make his first title defense taking place against former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold on Feb. 10 in the main event at UFC 221 in Perth, Australia.