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Reebok Holding Back GSP Return?

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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.”

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Aaron Portier
Highly passionate MMA Journalist, and I've followed the sport ever since my favorite fighter, Vitor Belfort won the heavyweight tournament at UFC 12. After that I've tried to go to every local MMA event around the Gulf Coast and surrounding areas and decided to make it a point to have a career in some aspect in the fighting sport other than fighting in general (didn't want to ruin my face). I'm currently enrolled at Southeastern Louisiana University working towards a degree in Communication. I cover MMA, Boxing and Football for The Daily Star newspaper in my hometown of Hammond, Louisiana, in addition to working as a promotional writer for a local Boxing promotion known as BoxnCar and I cover boxing for 8countnews.com however SciFighting.com is my home. My main goal is to bring more publicity to MMA in my area and to the sport as a whole as all of us involved with the sport are merely scratching the surface and laying the foundation of what mixed martial arts competition will be further down the road.