UFC: NZ-born Robert Whittaker crowned UFC middleweight champ

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Rockhold has wanted to get back in the title picture as quickly as he possibly could and has been very vocal about with his displeasure towards the current state of the division. Bisping proceeded to defend his title against longtime rival, and then No. 14-ranked middleweight, Dan Henderson.

"My fight at UFC 217 was one of the greatest nights of my life, but I now need to take some time off to focus on my health", St-Pierre said.

The Canadian wound up winning the fight after hitting Bisping with a hellacious hook that dropped the Englishman, before subsequently locking in a rear-naked choke that would render Bisping unconscious.

It's never been a sure thing that Georges St-Pierre would continue fighting at middleweight following his 185 pound title fight with Michael Bisping. However, a recent bout with colitis has forced St-Pierre to give up his crown. This means that Whittaker will likely have to defend his interim title before unifying with St-Pierre.

Respected MMA journalist Ariel Helwani reported on Thursday that preliminary talks were underway which would see Whittaker, the interim middleweight champion, face Rockhold on February 11.

Those anxious Georges St-Pierre would never defend the UFC middleweight title may have had their fears realized. Whittaker would also be entering the fight on an eight bout winning streak and he hasn't suffered a defeat in nearly four years.

As a result, there are reports that a possible showdown between Rockhold and Whittaker could take place in early 2018. It's no secret that the 185 pound division is in complete disarray because of "money fights". "Just move along and let us handle our business here".

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