Currently, former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre (25-2-0) is on the outside looking in at the UFC.
One learns to never say never in this business, but the dispute over GSP’s contract means a return to the UFC is slim at best.
And so, one of the pound-for-pound greats is clamped in a legal chokehold.
So, what happens now?
Here are some critical questions that need to be answered in order for GSP to move forward quickly.
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Is Georges St-Pierre legally under contract to the UFC?
The biggest question. GSP and his lawyers say it’s null and void and the UFC disagrees. Let the courts decide.
Is Georges St-Pierre physically and mentally ready to fight right now?
St-Pierre says he’s ready. He started the USADA process, which is a good start, but there’s more to it than that. Jumping trough the legal hoops only to get an average UFC 129-type of performance in his return, could end things right there.
Does Georges St-Pierre want to win the title or is he interested in superfights?
The answer to this question could signifcantly influence which kind of GSP we could see in the cage as much as anything. Is it the hungry GSP aggressively demanding respect or is it the points-oriented GSP, looking to safely win? There’s no wrong answer here, but depending on your vantage point, there might be some priority.
We need to see the best possible GSP return. Anything less would be a travesty.
There’s no question about that.