Georges St-Pierre reportedly returning to the UFC
by Aaron Schulze
One of the greatest mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters in history is reportedly making his return.
According to Ariel Helwani of http://www.mmafighting.com/, former two-time UFC Welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre has agreed to terms on a multi-fight contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
St-Pierre has not competed in an MMA fight since he retained his Welterweight championship against Johnny Hendricks via split judges decision in late 2013. After the fight, St-Pierre announced that he would be taking time off from his MMA career, a decision that didn’t go well with UFC President Dana White.
St-Pierre relinquished his championship approximately one month after his fight against Hendricks.
St-Pierre announced that he was ready to fight again back in June 2016, despite White saying that St-Pierre would never fight again.
St-Pierre and the UFC have been in negotiations since October, and a deal seems to be near.
A return fight for St-Pierre hasn’t been announced yet, but it is expected to take place in late 2017.
Although he’s now 35-years-old, and hasn’t fought in nearly four years, St-Pierre brings back his star status to the UFC. With Conor McGregor pursuing a boxing match with Floyd “Money” Mayweather, the future of Ronda Rousey uncertain, Brock Lesnar announcing his retirement from MMA, and Jon Jones continuing to serve his suspension, St-Pierre would arguably be the biggest box office draw currently available for the UFC.
St-Pierre would also draw more interest from the Canadian market, being born and raised in Quebec.
St-Pierre was riding a 12-fight win streak before taking his leave of absence, which included a record nine straight Welterweight title defences over five years.
St-Pierre also holds the record for most wins in UFC title fights with 12, and second most wins in UFC history with 19.