Published: Thu, February 16, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Georges St-Pierre close to UFC return, reports say

Georges St-Pierre close to UFC return, reports say

It's been almost four years since Georges St-Pierre last stepped foot inside the UFC's Octagon, and it looks as if 2017 will finally be the year we see him return to MMA competition. St-Pierre said in late 2014 that he didn't know if he'd return to MMA, Dana White predicted that St-Pierre would fight in 2015, only for GSP's manager to shoot that down.

But St-Pierre's return could come at a great time for the UFC, since many of its biggest names - all of them headliners for the promotion's most lucrative events - are embroiled in a laundry list of issues.

Floyd Mayweather may be retired but he certainly seems like he's ready to return to action for a lucrative super fight against UFC superstar Conor McGregor. Under the right circumstances, champion Michael Bisping is more than willing to welcome St-Pierre into the 185-pound ranks.

St-Pierre, a native of Quebec, will turn 36 in May.

After months of negotiations, a new multi-fight deal is on the table, though it hasn't been signed yet.

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GSP is expected to make his long-awaited return by the end of 2017. "So the deal is nearly done and he wants to fight me".

Cris Cyborg Justino, a relative newcomer to the UFC but already considered one of the best pound-for-pound fighters, is dealing with her own yearlong suspension for a drug violation.

St-Pierre has always been teasing a return to the Octagon, and had been in the thick of negotiations with former owner Lorenzo Fertitta in 2016. In their first meeting, Diaz found himself completely outclassed by the superior St-Pierre and though each man is in need of a comeback fight, the only way that this would go any differently is if GSP comes back a lesser version of himself and Nick's core skillset improves during his time off. It's a fight that sells itself and for St-Pierre, it would be one that could once again set him up for a middleweight superfight in the future (or perhaps even a showdown with whomsoever holds the lightweight belt).

"I'm not going to tell you exactly what was said", St-Pierre said.

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