Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre had shocked the MMA world when he announced that he’s no longer tied to the organization. However, UFC denied his claim and said that St-Pierre is still under an existing agreement.
Georges St-Pierre was last seen in the Octagon in November 2013 when he faced Johny Hendricks and won by a controversial split decision. During the following month, the former UFC welterweight champion officially announced that he voluntarily vacated the title and temporarily retired from the MMA.
The Canadian mixed martial artist revealed that they were already having a discussion with the UFC about a possible comeback that started in February. However, when the promotion was sold to new owners, his return to the Octagon has been stepped aside.
“I think we were close to an agreement toward the end until the big news arrived, and the news was the UFC had gotten sold to new owners,” St-Pierre said. “We were told that everything was put on ice until the new owners take charge.”
After his relationship with the UFC became rough, Georges St-Pierre decided to hire attorney James Quinn, who gave the UFC an ultimatum for St-Pierre’s comeback fight. The promotion responded before the deadline and offered a Robbie Lawler-fight in a later date.
This made St-Pierre’s attorney decides to declare his client as a free agent. GSP waited too long to fight again and he felt that he was making progress towards stepping back in the UFC.
“Georges St-Pierre remains under an existing agreement with Zuffa, LLC as his MMA promoter,” the statement read. “Zuffa intends to honor its agreement with St-Pierre and reserves its rights under the law to have St-Pierre do the same.”
As of now, there has been no confirmation on how will the UFC act with the issue. If it will be proven that St-Pierre’s contract is still valid, he may face legal charges if he stood firm with his decision to become a free agent.
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