The biggest “free agent” in MMA has a message for Michael Bisping. While former UFC welterweight king Georges St-Pierre (pictured) would love to challenge Bisping for his middleweight belt at UFC 206, St-Pierre still isn’t satisfied with the financial compensation UFC president Dana White is offering him in a return bout.
“Nothing would make me more happy in the world than to fight you in Toronto, Michael,” St-Pierre said Wednesday’s video posted on his verified Twitter account. “Last week, I met with [WME-IMG CEO Ari Emanuel] and I made peace with Dana. I tried to resolve things, but unfortunately right now it’s not happening. Hopefully, things will change soon. Thank you.”
Bisping tweeted Tuesday that he was offered and verbally accepted a fight with St-Pierre at UFC 206 and pleaded for St-Pierre to do the same, despite not receiving the money he feels he deserves to end his three-year hiatus.
White later told ESPN.com that the fight was “not happening.”
St-Pierre announced earlier this year that he was ready to return to the sport that made him rich and famous after willingly vacating his welterweight belt in December 2013 to “take a break from MMA.” GSP has been training vigorously for the past several months and claims he’s currently at his best.
St-Pierre declared he was a free agent after voiding his UFC contract last week because the UFC didn’t offer him a fight within a reasonable time. The UFC subsequently said St-Pierre was still under an exclusive contract with the promotion.
Of course, the opponent is only a fraction of St-Pierre’s problem with the UFC. During St-Pierre’s absence, the UFC signed an exclusive sponsorship deal with Reebok that wasn’t beneficial to the majority of the UFC’s roster. St-Pierre claims that fighting on the terms of his past contract would cost him money because he wouldn’t be allowed to wear Under Armour during fight week and inside the cage.
St-Pierre, one of the UFC’s biggest mainstream stars, would like for the UFC to compensate him for the loss of sponsorship income before coming back to the cage.
UFC 206 takes place December 10 in St-Pierre’s home country of Toronto, Canada.
— Georges St-Pierre (@GeorgesStPierre) October 26, 2016