Georges St-Pierre Negotiating With UFC But Sponsorship Is One Of The Main Sticking Points
Bloody Elbow – Long time welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre has recently confirmed that he indeed is in negotiations with the UFC. While doing the rounds with the media, in part to promote his upcoming TV show about paleontology and dinosaurs, he did share more details on the discussions for his return.
“I am not able to tell you a scoop, if there is any news it is the UFC that will decide to release it,” St-Pierre told RDS in French, and translated by Bloody Elbow’s John Nash. “I can say that I am on good terms with them. But we sometimes do not agree on some things.”
According to the French Canadian outlet, sponsorship is “currently one of the main points of dispute, whereas before, it was the quality of drug testing that was the subject of the friction between the two parties. The UFC banned athletes from wearing on their jerseys any logos other than that Reebok with a few exceptions, such as Monster energy drink.”
Although he didn’t reveal specifics, this seems to be one of the biggest sticking points for the dominant welterweight champion.
“There are many things, but I won’t go into detail,” St-Pierre said. “My contract is very old. It was done even before Reebok entered the UFC, so there are several things that come into play.”
It is cool GSP is ready to come back; I just hope they can work through this contract stuff. It stinks money has to be brought into everything but it is a necessary evil. These guys lay it all on the line and their next fight could be their last. They need to protect their families and finances. I know St. Pierre has been one of the highest paid athletes in the UFC but this sponsorship stuff really hit many fighters in the wallet. Georges is one of the best fighters of all time so I doubt the UFC will let this drag on longer than they have to. I can’t wait to see him come back and hit that first double leg…and then ride out his opponent for the next 5 minutes of the round. Ahhh, at least the double leg part will feel nostalgic. GSP, GSP!!!