According to the LA Times, Georges St-Pierre has struck a deal with the UFC to make a return to the MMA organization in dire need of another male headliner.
Holding a 25-2 record, St-Pierre left UFC after a 2013 fight against Johny Hendricks where he retained the Welterweight title on a controversial split decision who many, including UFC boss Dana White thought Hendricks won.
Afterwards St-Pierre would vacate the title and take time away from the UFC and MMA in general but not without criticizing the organization’s drug testing policy. The sketchy drug policy for the UFC came to a head when Brock Lesnar had his win over Mark Hunt from last summer overturned due to a failed drug test.
Since then the UFC has further partnered with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to tighten their drug testing policies.
This time around at 35 St-Pierre re-enters the UFC octagon at a most vital time for the MMA faction. Namely because Conor McGregor is believed to be out until September while Ronda Rousey is believed to be heading for retirement. Likewise Brock Lesnar announced his retirement from the sport last week while other guys like CM Punk turned out to be dud.
At this point it’s unclear when exactly St-Pierre will make his return and at what weight class. However Dana White gave some insight saying the Canadian champion could fight anywhere from 155 to 185 pounds and target a match for later this year.