UFC Rumours: Georges St-Pierre close to finalizing new UFC contract

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It's been almost four years since Georges St-Pierre last stepped foot inside the UFC's Octagon, and it looks as if 2017 will finally be the year we see him return to MMA competition.

According to a Wednesday morning report from Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting, the UFC appears to be on the verge of adding some more star power sometime in the near future.

Rumors of St-Pierre's desire to return to the octagon began previous year when St-Pierre began preparations for his return by reentering the U.S Anti-doping Agency's (USADA) testing pool.

St-Pierre hasn't fought since successfully defending the UFC welterweight championship against Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 in November 2013. The target at that time had been a bout with UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping. "We'll see what happens".

But there has been very little comment from the MMAAA since the evening of their launch and subsequent discussions between St-Pierre and the UFC seem to have gone well.

The report indicates that the plan is to bring St-Pierre back around the third quarter of 2017.

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Remuors are soaring already of a GSP SILVA or GSP BISPING fight.

St-Pierre has always been teasing a return to the Octagon, and had been in the thick of negotiations with former owner Lorenzo Fertitta in 2016. "So the deal is nearly done and he wants to fight me".

GSP and the UFC have had some differences regarding doping issues.

"I'm not going to tell you exactly what was said", St-Pierre said.

St-Pierre has many sponsors outside of fighting, including Nos energy drink and Under Armour, and he would be losing out on a great sum of money without these. "He is retired. He will not fight again".

If (or when) there's an official announcement of the former welterweight champion's new contract, it'll signify the end of a multi-year whirlwind of speculation surrounding a GSP comeback. In addition to being considered the greatest welterweight champion of all time, the Québec native is also widely-regarded as one of the best fighters in the history of MMA.

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