UFC champ Georges St-Pierre issues statement, confirms ulcerative colitis


Dann StuppUFC middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre has confirmed the disease that will keep him on the sidelines for the time being.

As we reported this morning, UFC President Dana White said colitis would force St-Pierre, a longtime welterweight champion who recently returned from a four-year layoff to claim the middleweight title, to temporarily put his fighting career on hold (watch the video above).

Today, St-Pierre (26-2 MMA, 20-2 UFC) confirmed he had a colonoscopy upon returning from a recent vacation and was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis.

“I am now taking medication that will hopefully appease the symptoms,” he wrote. “My health is my #1 priority right now, I’m still a very happy man, thanks for your support!!!”

Here’s the full message (via Facebook):

“I now understand the health issues that I had during my last training camp… I hoped my condition would improve after the fight but unfortunately it got worse and I had to go straight to the hospital for a colonoscopy when I came back from vacation last Wednesday. The diagnosis is ulcerative colitis and I am now taking medication that will hopefully appease the symptoms. My health is my #1 priority right now, I’m still a very happy man, thanks for your support!!!”

Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease that causes long-lasting inflammation and ulcers in the digestive tract, according to MayoClinic.com. There’s no known cure, and the disease can lead to life-threatening complications, though treatment is often effective.

St-Pierre, a 36-year-old Canadian, scored a a third-round submission victory over Michael Bisping this past month at UFC 217 to claim the belt.

The victory has lined him up for a possible title-unification bout with interim champ Robert Whittaker, who today wished St-Pierre a speedy recovery.

Neither St-Pierre nor White gave an estimated time table for the MMA great’s possible return to the cage.

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