UFC middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre is out of action indefinitely because of a bout with colitis, according to UFC president Dana White.
White revealed St-Pierre’s condition to reporters Friday in Las Vegas. He did not offer a timeframe for St-Pierre’s return, other than to say St-Pierre is will be “out for a minute.”
Colitis refers to inflammation of the colon and can cause abdominal pain, cramps and diarrhea. Representatives for St-Pierre did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
St-Pierre (26-2) returned from a four-year layoff to claim the middleweight championship against Michael Bisping at UFC 217. The Canadian star was a longtime welterweight champion and admitted the move up to 185 pounds was stressful on his body.
News of St-Pierre’s condition comes just days after White said he would be “super pissed” if St-Pierre refused to defend the middleweight title. St-Pierre signed a new deal with the UFC earlier this year that specifically stated he would defend the belt if he defeated Bisping.
Shortly after winning the title, St-Pierre said he suffered a neck injury in the fight. Despite the injury, St-Pierre said he had no intention of holding up the division.
“There’s going to be news about it in the next few weeks,” St-Pierre said at the time. “I don’t plan to hold the title and not defend it.”
If St-Pierre does book a title defense, his No. 1 challenger is interim champion Robert Whittaker (19-4), who fights out of Sydney.