REPORT: George St. Pierre and UFC agree to terms on multi-fight deal, return to Octagon targeted for Q3 of 2017 (w/Keller’s Analysis)

By Wade Keller, MMATorch editor

George St. Piette (photo by Wade Keller © MMATorch)

George St. Pierre has reached terms on a new contract multi-fight with UFC, according to an report this morning. The target date for the return of GSP, a former UFC Welterweight Champion, is the third quarter of 2017.

GSP last fought in UFC in November 2013 at UFC 167.

White has said he didn’t think GSP has the spark to fight anymore and has said people without a spark to fight shouldn’t be in the Octagon. He recently told TSN, though, that they talked and recently “got everything straight between us.”

GSP was the top star representing the Mixed Martial Arts Athletes Association, a group aimed as creating collective bargaining for MMA fighters, whom they believe are underpaid and underrepresented in negotiations.

Keller’s Analysis: With Brock Lesnar’s announcement retirement from MMA yesterday, the likely end of Ronda Rousey’s fighting career, and Conor McGregor looking to score big in a boxing fight with Floyd Mayweather outside of UFC, UFC is lacking star power in 2017. Jon Jones return this summer could help, but without question GSP is the biggest name on the horizon who can spark a level of interest in a big fight that even approaches Rousey, Lesnar, and McGregor. 

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