St. Pierre’s Return Opponent Confirmed
George “Rush” St. Pierre is a living legend in the sport of mixed martial and in no way did he need to fight again—he wanted to. After a hiatus that stretched from December of 2013 to February of 2017, GSP’s return was made official by UFC President Dana White on March 1.
The 35-year-old favorite son of Saint-Isidore, Quebec isn’t hurting for money by any stretch of the imagination and wants big-name money fights to finish out his career (however long this second half may last) and his wish has been granted.
St. Pierre made his name at welterweight (170-pounds,) eventually becoming champion twice and racking up 12 title defenses (nine consecutive.) Now he has the chance to further etch his name in the UFC record books.
At some point during the second half of the year, GSP will move to middleweight (185 pounds) to challenge Michael “The Count” Bisping to challenge for the championship. St. Pierre left the sport as champion. His second reign as king of the division was brought to an end when he relinquished the belt by way of a conference call.
“I still consider him a champion,” Dana White said to Rod Smith of Canada’s TSN on SportsCentre. “Michael Bisping has wanted this fight, GSP wants this fight, so I’m going to make it happen.”
Should he win, St. Pierre would become just the fourth man in the UFC’s 23 years of existence to win titles in two different weight classes behind Randy Couture, BJ Penn, and most recently, Conor McGregor*
Part of the reason that the return took so long was due to GSP’s sponsorship with Under Armour, a deal he had prior to Reebok becoming the official outfitter of the UFC.
“As far as the Under Armour/Reebok thing goes, he was sponsored by Under Armour when he was in the UFC before and never wore it into the Ocatgon so, it wasn’t that tough to get done,” White said.
Bisping, a UFC veteran of over a decade, said on FS1’s UFC Tonight, “I deserve this payday. I deserve this fight. Not only to do with the payday, I want this fight for my legacy. I’ve beat Dan Henderson. I’ve beat Anderson Silva. Georges St-Pierre is also another legend that I want to add to my resume.”
An official press conference will take place tomorrow (March 3) at The T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas from 2-5 p.m. PST.
* McGregor is the only simultaneous two-division champion in UFC history. However, with no defenses since winning the undisputed featherweight (145-pound) belt at UFC 194 in December of 2015, he was stripped of the championship. Aldo is now considered champion and will face interim champion, Max Holloway, at UFC 212 on June 3.