It’s a Wednesday and this as good as it’ll get for news – actually, this would be big news on any day of the week: MMAFighting is reporting that Georges St. Pierre has signed a new deal with the UFC. What an odd period of free agency he navigated. The suspicions were generally that GSP’s existing sponsorship deals were precluded by the UFC-Reebok partnership and Mr. St. Pierre wanted to be compensated for that lost revenue. Guess that’s not an issue anymore.
So it goes, St. Pierre might return in the “third quarter” of the year. I think that’s, like, July, August, or September. Hmm, the big International Fight Week show takes place in July. HMMMMMMMMM!
St. Pierre hasn’t fought since 2013, which is an eternity. He’s talked about wanting to return and opted into the UFC’s drug testing program last year (no Brock-like shenanigans for GSP). Dana White wasn’t a big believer but Dana also says a lot of stuff. Thank goodness our elected officials don’t have that habit.
Now, everyone can speculate like mad as to who he’ll fight. UFC 209 certainly got more interesting, at least. Suddenly, the winner of Wonderboy vs. Woodley 2 doesn’t just get a shiny belt, they might get a chance at a once in a lifetime payday. That’ll cause a dude to do an extra rep.
Michael Bisping, who White said is fighting Yoel Romero next, has been angling for a GSP
payday fight for awhile now. It makes sense for Bisping and isn’t the worst matchup for St. Pierre.
The biggest potential loser in all of this? Floyd Mayweather Jr. McGregor vs GSP is now a viable fight and that’s the definition of dream fight, it would line up timing wise, and most importantly: it isn’t Conor getting humiliated on TV for a few minutes before being knocked cold.
The immediate biggest lower? Matt Grady. Poor guy said to me earlier today, “This just so much news this week to talk about [on MMA & STUFF].” And now there’s more!
(I have no wife, child, or responsibilities so I’m cool with all this news.)
No word from Bjorn Rebney and the MMAAA.