Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre appears to be dangerously close to making a return to mixed martial arts. In an exclusive interview with Bloody Elbow, St-Pierre discussed his potential comeback and said his agent is in negotiations with the UFC.
“My agent is negotiating with the UFC, they had an offer, we made a counteroffer, you know that’s how business goes. And then we heard a day after that UFC sold for $4 billion dollars,” St-Pierre said.
“So we waited for a few days, to see what was going on, because even some of the employees were afraid of losing their job – even some of the high ranking people in the UFC were afraid. We wanted to let the management to take care of their own company first, and then see what happens.
St-Pierre also shared the news that he is set to begin USADA testing procedures in Las Vegas today in order to be eligible for a return to the Octagon.
“I’m starting the USADA process to be tested, I’m starting it Aug 10. in Las Vegas. Because to be eligible to fight you need to be tested,” he noted.
It is very important to note St-Pierre has entered the USADA testing pool.
Recently, the UFC came under fire for granting a waiver to former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar so he could compete at UFC 200. Ultimately, the promotion was burned when Lesnar tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs.
The waiver allowed Lesnar to compete without the otherwise mandatory four-month testing period required by USADA. St-Pierre does not want that same treatment.
“I don’t want to be an exception, because I was very outspoken about Performance Enhancing Drugs,” he said. “It would be bad for my reputation if I would have an exemption – I don’t want to have a free pass, I want to be like everybody else. That’s why I’ll be starting the process Aug 10. I don’t have any fight yet, but it’s gonna happen now, because I’m getting tested, if I’m getting tested it’s for a reason.”
With St-Pierre now in the USADA pool, he would be eligible to return to the Octagon in late 2016 or early 2017.
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