UFC welterweight king Georges St-Pierre and his longtime manager, Shari L. Spencer, have decided to go their separate ways.
According to the press release obtained by MMAFighting, GSP had a different “vision” for how his future should play out. However, their break up was amicable as they will remain close friends.
“Shari has been very valuable to me and my career over the last several years. We broke through a lot of barriers together and so I will always be grateful to her and call her my friend,” St-Pierre stated.
Spencer signed a dazed and confused St-Pierre in 2007, shortly after the up-and-comer lost his welterweight title to Matt Serra. Under Spencer’s watchful eye, the French-Canadian has emerged as the sport’s most marketable athlete.
In addition to his two ESPN commercials, Spencer also helped him secure sponsorship deals with Gatorade and Under Armour.
Furthermore, GSP has been voted Canada’s Most Popular Athlete for the last three years.
“I am extremely proud of the representation I provided to Georges and the incredible opportunity to have partnered with an athlete of his caliber. I am thankful for the trust that he displayed in me in managing his career since mid 2007 and I wish him the best going forward,” Spencer shared.
Spencer also represents UFC lightweight champ Frankie Edgar.
St-Pierre will remain with Creative Artists Agency, a 2008 partnership Spencer helped broker. The marketing firm focuses on sponsorship deals, as well as television and movie appearances.
The 29-year-old is expected to hire a new manager shortly. However, no word on who is the front-rummer to sign MMA’s most coveted superstar.
St-Pierre will defend his crown against Jake Shields at UFC 129 on April 30 in Toronto.