Georges St-Pierre reportedly returning to the UFC

by Aaron Schulze

St-Pierre (left) defending his UFC Welterweight Championship against Josh Koscheck (right) in 2010 (Photo Credit: UFC.com)

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.