GSP hasn’t fought since a very controversial 2013 win over former welterweight champion Johny Hendricks. Everyone up to this point believed he was still under UFC contract despite taking time off and would jump right back in to the title mix.
The UFC had a deadline to meet to offer him a fight and they missed it claims St. Pierre. Speaking Monday to “The MMA Hour,” GSP claims he became a free agent even though the UFC firmly claims otherwise. Yahoo Sports tried to get a statement from Dana White to no avail. A short time later the UFC released its own official statement not surprisingly to the contrary.
Georges St-Pierre remains under an existing agreement with Zuffa, LLC as his MMA promoter. Zuffa intends to honor its agreement with St-Pierre and reserves its rights under the law to have St-Pierre do the same.
In other words, it’s on. This means he is locked in to the UFC exclusively or they take him to court should he sign with anyone else.
Last week on Fox Sports 1, White debunked 2016 GSP return rumors.
GSP said, ‘I’m going to do a little mini-camp’ and this and that [but] he’s been saying that for three years. It’s lot of talk. GSP wasn’t loving fighting when he was fighting all the time. This is a sport you just have to. … First of all, it’s a young man’s game. You got to jump out of bed every day and want to kick people’s ass and want to be a world champion. GSP hasn’t had that fire in a very long time.
He’s only 35 and one of a few truly elite athletes in the world today in MMA. Will he return to the UFC? Our bet is no right now and we’re not even sure if he’ll come back to MMA.