Former Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre will likely return to the promotion this year as the Montreal native, and the UFC appear to be putting the finishing touches on a new deal, one that would put "Rush" back inside the Octagon.
After years of rumours and false starts, MMAFighting.com's Ariel Helwani reported Wednesday that St. Pierre was on the verge of signing a "new multi-fight contract" with the UFC and could be set to return later in 2017. Although the UFC has yet to confirm the news, Dana White spoke recently in an interview with TSN and said: "Me and GSP got everything straight between us".
St. Pierre's return would be a huge boost for the UFC's new owners, as the company is now short on mainstream stars in the absence of both Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey.
Members of St-Pierre's camp haven't been shy to discuss his desire to return to action.
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It's claimed St-Pierre's return is being targeted for the third quarter of 2017. It appears that the wait is now over, and one of the greatest fighters in MMA history will be fighting once again.
"I'd love to face GSP", Bisping told Yahoo Sports. In their first meeting, Diaz found himself completely outclassed by the superior St-Pierre and though each man is in need of a comeback fight, the only way that this would go any differently is if GSP comes back a lesser version of himself and Nick's core skillset improves during his time off.
With so much going on with McGregor right now, it's hard to see this fight being made immediately, but I would say that it's a very real possibility in the future if the stars align in the way that the UFC are undoubtedly wishing them to.
A month after UFC 167, in a joint conference call, St-Pierre relinquished the title and walked away from the sport indefinitely, though he always refused to categorize his departure from MMA as a "retirement". Woodley has expressed a great deal of interest in possibly fighting St-Pierre upon his return and the Canadian shares the same sentiments as well. USADA requires fighters returning to competition to undergo four months of drug testing before they may return.
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