Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and the UFC are currently threatening litigation over the fighter’s contract. The specifics are unknown, but an educated guess is that GSP wants to fight in the UFC and wear Under Armour and the UFC wants him to fight in the UFC and wear Reebok.
When negotiations were stalled by the sale of the UFC to WME-IMG for over $4,000,000,000, GSP got mad, and hired an attorney. The attorney said there was a clause that allowed GSP to demand a fight offer within a 10-day window. The UFC tentatively offered Robbie Lawler who GSP heard was not fighting so that was taken as a sign that no fight was offered. Lawler said he was, in fact, ready to fight. The UFC said that GSp was still signed with the UFC, and reserved their right under the law to have GSP honor his agreement.
“He notified them earlier this year that he was ready to fight again,” said Quinn. “He wanted to arrange for the terms of the fight, and that did not happen in a timely fashion. They were required to actually schedule a fight, the time and place with a bout agreement, and we gave them — because there’s a 10-day notice period in the contract, in the old contract — we gave them the 10 days to do that, and they didn’t do it before the time period. And therefore we terminated the contract.”
“They offered the fight at a time when Lawler had said he was unable to fight. We take the position that we believe the contract has been terminated. They have their hand, we have our hand, we’ll see how it plays out. Georges still wants to fight and he’s perfectly happy to fight under a new UFC contract, if we can negotiate one. Or if not, he’ll look at other options.”
“It’s really up to the UFC, whether they’re willing to negotiate another contract or not. We’ll have to see. I can’t really predict that.”
It is actually predictable. GSP and the UFC are going to come to terms. But in the meantime, Quinn was throwing shade on all UFC contracts.
“I’ve done a lot of work in sports,” he said. “When I read that contract, I was blown away by how restrictive it is.”
“They’re basically tying him up for life. They have no rights and they own all of his licensing and all the other things. It’s unheard of in the other professional sports. And they won’t get away with it forever.”
“You couldn’t get away with any old contract in any of the other sports. There is litigation in that aspect of a class-action lawsuit that challenges the contract as being illegal under the NHS laws. That case is ongoing, and I think that under the law’s terms, I don’t think the contract — that formal contract — is likely to stand up. Not in today’s world. It’s a pretty nice form of slavery.”