Georges St-Pierre will end his long mixed martial arts sabbatical but he might end up fighting in another cage, not inside the Ultimate Fighting Championship octagon.
Rory MacDonald recently left UFC and signed a deal with rival Bellator MMA. According to the former UFC welterweight title contender, he was given an offer that he cannot refuse and Dana White did not match the offer, Yahoo Sports reported.
Reacting on MacDonald’s decision to shun UFC for Bellator, St-Pierre praised his teammate. GSP said that MacDonald made the right move for his career and for his family.
“I am very happy for Rory,” St-Pierre said via UPROXX. “I think it’s a great move for him. He chose the best option for himself and his family. I wish him the best.”
GSP’s statement fueled speculation that the former welterweight champion might consider cancelling his UFC comeback. Instead, he will sign a lucrative deal with Bellator.
St-Pierre had issues with UFC before, particularly on the promotion’s stand on using performance enhancing drug. It was the same reason why he decided to take a long leave from the sport. However, it is also worth noting that UFC has already addressed the issue, which means GSP’s rumored move to Bellator is not true.
In fact, big things are ahead of St-Pierre in the UFC octagon. According to St-Pierre himself, he will likely return to action at UFC 206 on December 10 in Toronto, Canada. GSP said that they are in deep talks with UFC about his comeback fight in Toronto but nothing is final at this point.
“All the stars are aligned, my friend,” St-Pierre told MMA Fighting. “I’m not lying to you, it’s not done yet. It’s not done at this point. We still have to talk to the new owners soon, see what they’ve gotta say.”
If he returns to action at UFC 206, he does not care if it will be for the title. However, most fans and analysts expect St-Pierre to get a shot at reigning UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, who won the title via first-round knockout win over then-champion Robbie Lawler at UFC 201 in July.