The UFC is facing a big problem for the biggest event in its history. UFC featherweight Conor McGregor was pulled out from his rematch against Nate Diaz on UFC 200 after announcing his retirement from mixed martial arts.
Many fans are still in disbelief about McGregor’s early retirement and some speculations imply that it’s just a marketing scheme. The UFC has not announced a replacement but retired UFC fighter Chael Sonnen said in a recent Facebook Q&A that Georges St-Pierre will step up and make his return to the Octagon.
“I guarantee you, Georges St-Pierre’s phone is blowing up right now. And he’s getting a big offer. That’s the guy they’re gonna go after,” Sonnen said via Bloody Elbow.
According to a report by MMA Mania, GSP confirmed on Monday that he is negotiating with the UFC regarding a return. However, the two-time welterweight champion sees the Reebok deal as a hindrance for a possible return.
“A big issue is that when I was on contract, the Reebok deal wasn’t in place. So now because of the Reebok deal it changed a lot of things in my contract. We need to renegotiate maybe a new contract because I am not allowed to wear my sponsors anymore and I lose money. It depends how it goes down with UFC on the contract and we will see what happens,” GSP said.
The biggest money fight for St-Pierre is to face Nate Diaz in the main event of UFC 200. If he wins that fight, GSP will likely get a shot at his welterweight championship currently held by “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler.
As for the whole Conor McGregor retirement situation, Sonnen believes it’s an issue of money and contract. “Notorious” is known to dictate terms of his deal and the former middleweight contender believes McGregor tried to get leverage in his contract demands with the UFC
“It’s a contract dispute. I don’t have any inside info on this, just being around the business since the 90’s, I know how it worked, I know how this whole thing went down,” Sonnen said.
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