Freelance: Is GSP’s UFC Return Doomed?

UFC President Dana White and former UFC Welterweight champion Georges “Rush” St. Pierre are still no closer to getting the Canadian MMA icon back into the Octagon. Roughly around the time the Olympics were still airing, St. Pierre announced his intentions after a successful “test-run” full training camp. White still doubts him.

“I want to come back. They know the terms that I want, and trust me, I’m very reasonable. So it’s up to them,” St-Pierre said Wednesday (September 1) on UFC Tonight. “We tried. My agent tried to reach them and they’re hard to reach, but I guess they’re going to come back soon. Hopefully, we’ll see.”

Right now, it seems that the biggest hurdle is the UFC’s outfitting deal with Reebok. Simply put, the way the legend’s previous contract was structured, he’d lose money without advertising sponsors–the primary reason some fighters wish that the UFC would have discussed the matter with them before putting the deal into effect.

Given the fact that those around St. Pierre see him as a true martial artist (see his autobiography, “The Way of the Fight”, written along with his coaches and mentors) and that he still trained regularly in the gym during his two-year-plus absence, he truly believes that he is the best version of himself right now. It’s just that both sides can’t come to terms behind the scenes.

“I’m a smart guy. I’m not the kind of guy you’re going to say that (about), and okay I’m going to sign right here, I’m going to fight for peanuts. No, I’m a smart person. It doesn’t work, these things on me. But I’m going to tell him something, to Dana, let me fight once and you’ll see in the first minute of the fight that what you just said is wrong.”

St. Pierre recently expressed his support of teammate Rory “Red King” MacDonald jumping ship to Bellator to bring it into the Canadian market. He wants to sell out the UFC’s return to the Air Canada Centre in Toronto when the promotion returns to the nation for UFC 206 in December.

For the moment, the jury’s still out on this situation.

“We’ll see,” St-Pierre said. “I’ve refused a lot of projects because of this. At one point, I’ll have to make a choice.”