It’s official, Georges St-Pierre is back with the UFC.
Earlier this week news broke that St-Pierre and the UFC had agreed to terms on a multi-fight deal that would bring the Canadian phenom back home inside the Octagon. The LA Times’ Lance Pugmire confirmed on Twitter today (Fri. February 17, 2017) that UFC President Dana White has made the news official to him:
— Lance Pugmire (@pugboxing) February 17, 2017
St-Pierre is expected to return around the third quarter of 2017, with rumored match-ups against the likes of UFC middleweight champ Michael Bisping, Nick Diaz, and welterweight champion Tyron Woodley looming. ‘GSP’ retired from Octagon action as the welterweight champion and could be looking to regain the title he never lost upon his return.
White revealed there are a number of fights on the table for ‘GSP’ when he returns, but was reluctant to commit to anything:
“It could be the winner [of the March 4 welterweight title fight] between Tyron Woodley and Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson, or it could be [middleweight champion] Michael Bisping. Georges has also talked about fighting at 155 pounds [lightweight]. He says he can make the weight.
“But I have no idea when he’s going to fight right now. We don’t have anything booked and literally haven’t talked to anybody about it.”
His las Octagon appearance saw him take home a controversial split decision win over Johny Hendricks in the main event of UFC 167 back in 2013. The win marked St-Pierre’s ninth consecutive title defense before the 170-pound champ subsequently announced his retirement.
Who would you like to see St-Pierre face when he finally returns to the UFC?