Georges St-Pierre plans return to fighting after he gets ‘free’ from UFC in two years

Georges St-Pierre still has some fire for fighting left in him.

By: Milan Ordoñez | 2 years ago
Georges St-Pierre plans return to fighting after he gets ‘free’ from UFC in two years
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Two months ago, it was revealed that the UFC blocked a supposed boxing match between Oscar De La Hoya and retired former champion Georges St-Pierre. As it turned out, GSP’s contract had been frozen, which allowed the company the veto power over any of his prizefighting-related plans outside the Octagon.

What was never brought to light was how much longer Georges St-Pierre would be under contract with the UFC. In a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, he finally gave an answer.

“My contract with UFC will finish in almost two years, and I will be free—and I will still be in shape.

“I’m still a fighter and an entertainer. If there is an exhibition fight or a novelty fight for charity, then never say never,” said St-Pierre, who will be 42 around the time his contract lapses.

Many who weren’t aware of Georges St-Pierre’s lingering contract situation with his former employer apparently urged him to take legal action. But St-Pierre, the classy individual that he is, deemed it unnecessary.

“Trust me, if this fight would have happened, I would have moved to Los Angeles to [famed boxing trainer] Freddie Roach’s gym and made a full training camp, leaving no stone unturned,” he said. “Unfortunately, Dana White didn’t want it.

“It is what it is. I can’t be mad at him. People have said to take him to court, but that makes me look like the bad guy, and I don’t want to spend money on lawyers and all that.”

After a four-year hiatus beginning in 2013, St-Pierre signed a new contract with the UFC in 2017. He ended up taking that only fight against Michael Bisping that year before retiring in 2019.

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Milan Ordoñez
Milan Ordoñez

Milan Ordoñez has been covering combat sports since 2012 and has been part of the Bloody Elbow staff since 2016. He’s also competed in amateur mixed martial arts and submission grappling tournaments.

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