Today on the MMA hour with Ariel Helwani, former champion Georges St-Pierre confirmed he is considering a return, though nothing is set it stone. He also confirmed that the UFC’s deal with Reebok is a point of contention and some negotiation to compensate for his last revenue would need to be agreed on:
“If I feel good, I’ll give the thumbs up to my manager,” St-Pierre said. “They’ve been talking with UFC, but now they’re going to talk more seriously to see what’s gonna happen.”
One of the things to hammer out is potentially a new contract. When he stepped away from the sport in 2013, the UFC did not have an outfitting policy with Reebok. GSP was allowed at the time to wear his own sponsors in the Octagon and got paid for that. That is no longer allowed in the UFC with Reebok in the fold, and St-Pierre is looking to make up that money somehow.
“It changed a lot of things in my contract,” GSP said. “We need to renegotiate maybe a new contract. I’m not allowed to wear my sponsors anymore, and I lose money. It depends how it’s gonna go down with the UFC. We’ll see what’s gonna happen.”
St-Pierre, 34, has said for the last few months that before he comes back he wants to do a trial training camp to see how he feels — mentally and physically. A shoulder injury put that on hold for the last few weeks, but GSP is starting to train again. The results of the test training camp will go a long way into the Canadian legend deciding what he’ll do.
“I think I’m doing well and I haven’t been active in a long time in the Octagon,” St-Pierre said. “You can be in the gym, but the Octagon is a different thing. I need to make sure if I do this, I need to do my tryout first, push myself to see if my body and I really want to do this again, go through that training camp.
“I need to be testing it. I don’t want to do it and in the middle of my real training camp, be like, ‘Oh, I don’t feel comfortable doing this.’ And then I mess up everything and I come back and make a fool of myself. I want to make sure if I go back, I’m at my best. There’s no stone unturned, if you know what I mean.”