GSP Reportedly Looking to Return in Third Quarter of 2017Published on February 15th, 2017 2:53 pm EST
According to reports, Georges St. Pierre and his team have agreed to terms with the UFC on a new, multi-fight deal. The final details are reportedly still being worked out, though the main points of the contract are in place.
Reports further state that St. Pierre will be looking to return during the third quarter of 2017.
There is no word as of yet as to who St. Pierre will square off against when he makes his return, though you can be virtually certain that he will be fighting for a title.
A potential Middleweight title fight against Michael Bisping has been discussed for months, though Bisping is reportedly going to be facing Yoel Romero in the spring. Things change, however, and there is no doubt that a GSP/Bisping Middleweight title fight would sell substantially more than a Bisping/Romero title fight. A GSP/Bisping headlined card would likely do close to one million PPV buys, and it seems hard to imagine that the UFC would turn down that kind of a payday.
There are other possibilities for GSP as well, including a title fight against Tyron Woodley, a rematch against Nate Diaz or even a potential fight against Conor McGregor.
St. Pierre and the UFC had been on bad terms for a couple of years, though things were worked out between the two sides in recent months. UFC President Dana White said that he and St. Pierre had "gotten things straight", and the contract talks sorted themselves out a short while later.
St. Pierre's biggest bone of contention was that his existing deal didn't take into account the fact that he was no longer able to wear his sponsored companies to the Octagon, thanks to the Reebok deal that was signed during St. Pierre's absence from the sport. In addition, St. Pierre was one of the main voices behind a proposed new MMA union, and many believed that this development would spell the end of St. Pierre's chances of returning to the Octagon.
This didn't turn out to be the case, however, likely due to the continued drawing power of St. Pierre. With Rousey retiring and McGregor potentially boxing Floyd Mayweather, the UFC needs all of the drawing power that it can get right now.
A formal announcement from the UFC is expected shortly. Don't be surprised if it includes the name of St. Pierre's opponent as well.
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