The plans for Georges St-Pierre’s highly-anticipated return to the Octagon have changed.
According to UFC president Dana White, St-Pierre will return to face the welterweight champion later this year instead of the planned middleweight title shot against Michael Bisping.
“(St-Pierre) says he will fight whoever the 170-pound champion is when he comes back,” White told TSN.
St-Pierre reigned as the king of 170 pounds before walking away from the sport in November of 2013. GSP had hauled off nine consecutive defenses of his bout before his hiatus.
In St-Pierre’s last Octagon appearance, he landed a controversial split-decision victory over Johny Hendricks, who eventually went on to become the champion in St-Pierre’s absence before losing the title to Robbie Lawler.
St-Pierre is currently aiming for a return after October, so welterweight champion Tyron Woodley may need to defend his title at least one more time before the fight with GSP in order to avoid holding up the division.
Either way, the former welterweight king will have the opportunity to prove he is still the best 170-pounder in the world when he re-enters the cage.
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