Although the public war of words between former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and company president Dana White proliferates, St-Pierre continues the necessary steps toward a potential Octagon return.
As recently as interviews this week, White has reiterated his stance that he doesn’t believe St-Pierre really wants to return to the fight game.
“I’m making a lot of money right now even though I’m not fighting. My (UFC) contract was made before the Reebok deal,” he said. “What we ask is basically, if I go back to fighting, I can’t advertise my sponsor, so I’m losing money if I go to fight under the old term of my contract.”
Aside from his contract, St-Pierre has to be in the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency testing pool for four months before he can return to competition. Not coincidentally, he began making himself available to USADA in early August, which makes him eligible to fight as soon as UFC 206 on Dec. 10, which happens to be the promotion’s return to Toronto.
In checking USADA’s testing count, St-Pierre has provided four samples since he entered the testing pool. USADA does not comment on collected samples, but as of the time of publication, there have been no public notices of any adverse findings with any of St-Pierre’s samples, although it’s possible all four samples are currently undergoing analysis.
As long as his samples return clean results, St-Pierre would be on track for a return by the end of this year or early next year. Of course, that is still dependent upon his desire, and the UFC’s willingness to renegotiate his contract.