Georges St. Pierre is officially back.
After months of on-and-off negotiations, St. Pierre and the UFC have finally agreed to a multi-fight deal.
“He’s back. I’m excited. We worked at it for a long time and finally got it done,” said UFC president Dana White about the signing of St. Pierre.
Rumors of St. Pierre’s return began last June when it was announced that he had entered USADA’s testing pool for a possible bout at UFC 206 in Toronto. The two parties were not able to reach an agreement and negotiations came to a halt. After that, the former welterweight champion co-founded The MMA Athlete’s Association which made his return to competition seem unlikely.
St. Pierre (25-2) last fought at UFC 167 in 2013 where he won a controversial split-decision over Johny Hendricks, after which he announced he would be taking time off from the sport. Prior to his retirement, he had defended the 170-lb title nine consecutive times which includes wins over BJ Penn, Josh Koscheck, Carlos Condit, and Nick Diaz.
So far, St. Pierre’s next opponent has not been announced but White listed a few potential matchups.
“It could be the winner of Tyron Woodley and Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson, or it could be Michael Bisping,” he said. “Georges also talked about fighting at 155 pounds—he says he can make the weight.”