St-Pierre ship has sailed, Nunes' UFC 213 withdrawal was 90 per cent mental - White

Georges St-Pierre will not be making his highly anticipated UFC comeback against middleweight champion Michael Bisping, president Dana White has confirmed.

Two-time former welterweight belt-holder St-Pierre (25-2) was scheduled to return after over three years out of the sport with a title shot against Bisping (31-7) in July.

However, in a video on social media posted last May the Canadian announced he would not be ready to fight until October, and the match-up was promptly axed by White.

It appears the UFC president has lost all patience with St-Pierre, insisting the fight will not happen and Robert Whittaker (20-4), who beat Yoel Romero for the interim middleweight title at UFC 213 on Saturday, will take on Bisping next.

"The Georges St-Pierre ship has sailed. That fight [with Bisping] is not happening," said White.

Whittaker's clash with Romero became the main event after women's bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes' (14-4) title defence against Valentina Shevchenko (14-2) was scrapped due to the Brazilian suffering from illness.

White revealed Nunes was cleared medically to fight and he felt she was simply not in the right frame of mind.

"Leading up to the ceremonial weigh-ins [on Friday], I got a call saying she wasn't feeling well and it was questionable if she was going to show up to the ceremonials because the doctor needed to see her and they needed to find out what was going on with her," explained White.

"So, she does them, and everything is good. This morning [Saturday], I wake up and I hear she's not feeling well again and ... she's probably not going to fight.

"So, I asked the doctors what was wrong with her, she was medically cleared, she was physically cleared. They found nothing wrong with her, but she didn't feel right."

When pressed further on the issue, he said: "You can't make anybody fight.

"It's not like she's like: 'I absolutely refuse to fight.' She said: 'I don't feel right, I don't feel good.'

"I think that it was 90 per cent mental and maybe 10 per cent physical."

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