This year, former UFC welterweight kingpin Georges St-Pierre will return to the Octagon for a highly anticipated showdown against UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping.
While it has been quite some time since St-Pierre stepped in the Octagon of course, rumors of his return have continued to surface over the course of the last several years until he and the UFC were finally able to reach a deal. According to St-Pierre however, both he and the UFC are rather unhappy with the new deal that will see him return to the Octagon.
He spoke on The MMA Hour to discuss the situation:
“To tell you the truth, it’s not exactly what we really wanted, it is still a little bit below what we really wanted in the beginning. But for UFC, it’s more than they were willing to give me, is what they said. So we both are unhappy in a way, which is the middle ground line, so I guess it’s a good thing. It’s like a settlement in court. If both parties are unhappy, I guess it’s a good thing.
“That’s how it is. Also, the love for the sport, I wanted to be back, the emotional side of it made me accept the deal. I don’t regret it, I am happy. But if you ask me if it’s what we originally wanted, no, it’s not, it is a little bit below. But it is still very good money, very close. We both made concessions on each part, not just one one side, but both sides and that’s why the deal was done.”
In addition to both parties potentially being unhappy over the financial aspect of the contract, St-Pierre could very well be unhappy with the terms of the contract in regards to his conflicting deal with Under Armour, which was reportedly one of the things keeping him from a return in 2016.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 3/7/2017.