Not So Fast Georges St-Pierre
By Edward Carbajal
Georges St- Pierre (25-2) broke the internet for Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fans yesterday when he announced his free agency during “The MMA Hour” over at MMAFighting. St- Pierre said his lawyer got him released from is contract and is now free and clear. He was hoping to get on the UFC 206 card in December but it looks like since the opportunity was not presented to him, he was free to pursue other opportunities. At least that is what seemed to be the case when he was on the show.
However, not long after the news broke the UFC responded with a statement saying, “Georges St. Pierre remains under an existing agreement with Zuffa, LLC as his MMA promoter. Zuffa intends to honor its agreement with St-Pierre and reserves its rights under the law to have St-Pierre do the same.” It seemed liked things were working out for the UFC, St-Pierre and fans wanting his comeback up until Monday.
Apparently that was the case up until the UFC was sold to WME-IMG. “I think we were close to an agreement toward the end, until the big news arrived, and the news was the UFC had gotten sold to new owners,” St-Pierre said. “We were told that everything was put on ice until the new owners take charge.” He referenced dealing Lorenzo Fertitta before the sale and things pretty much falling apart after that.
The time for free agency in MMA has never been better than it is now so if he truly does want to fight, and is free, he has a lot of options. But, when you look at the UFC’s response to his point of view it does not seem likely to happen before the end of this year.
(Feature Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com)