16 for 16: No. 13 GSP declares himself a free agent
December 21, 2016
How different would UFC 206 in Toronto would have been if Georges St-Pierre made his return to the Octagon?
However, that was not the case and with his declaration this fall that he was a free agent and his alignment with MMAAA its unlikely we’ll see him in the UFC anytime soon.
In October, GSP stated that he was a free agent after the UFC breached its contract with him. The UFC responded by stating that the former welterweight champion was still under contract with the company. GSP’s lawyer, Jim Quinn, maintains that GSP’s contract is terminated. Quinn indicated that the UFC has options including offering GSP a new contract or taking legal action against the fighter.
One of the contentions made by Quinn on behalf of GSP was that the UFC had not offered St-Pierre fights.
Via our post in October:
One of the issues GSP’s lawyers contend that caused a breach was the lack of fights given the St-Pierre. His lawyers state he has never received an actual bout agreement. St-Pierre’s lawyers gave the UFC 10 days to offer St-Pierre a fight. According to his lawyers, the UFC responded on the final day in which it offered St-Pierre former welterweight champion Robbie Lawler. But that did not come to fruition.
GSP’s current contract was signed in 2011 per ESPN. Of course, the UFC has evolved since then. Notably, as pointed out in the ESPN story, is that the UFC has Reebok as its official clothier. Also, fighters are no longer able to have outside sponsors (aside from official UFC sponsors) to promote during fight week. St-Pierre had (or has) a deal with Under Armour in addition to other non-UFC sponsors.
Both sides are likely still in at an impasse with the contract. Neither party has filed a lawsuit against the other for breach of contract. It’s not known if there is a timeline at this point but there will likely be movement in this situation in 2017. With St-Pierre entering his late 30s, one should expect something to happen sooner than later.