Georges St. Pierre and UFC Agree to Terms
The UFC has been desperately in need of stars in early 2017, and it appears they are about to get one of their most popular fighters ever back. Former welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre has reportedly come to terms, finally, with the UFC and is expected to make his return this year.
MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani reported that after a lengthy and often tumultuous negotiation process between St. Pierre and the UFC, the Canadian former champion is happy with the terms and is expected to sign a new multi-fight contract soon.
St. Pierre announced last year that he intended to make his return to the UFC, but he and UFC President Dana White were not on the same page for much of 2016. White publicly repeated over and over again that he didn’t believe GSP still had the desire to fight, whereas St. Pierre affirmed that he simply wanted a fair contract.
The last time GSP left the cage he was still the welterweight champion, having defeated Johny Hendricks by controversial split decision in 2013. That was also before the UFC implemented their Reebok sponsorship deal, a huge factor in GSP’s requests for a new contract — He made a fortune off of his sponsorship with Under Armour during his last fighting tenure, a sponsor he would not be able to sport during the fight in the new Reebok era.
The details of St. Pierre’s new contract have not been revealed, but it appears that the UFC is ready to give him what he wants. With Conor McGregor chasing boxing matches and Ronda Rousey potentially done for good, a pay-per-view draw like Georges St. Pierre is a welcome addition to the current landscape of the sport.