St-Pierre's contract 'frozen' during hiatus


Yesterday during a special media conference call Georges St-Pierre announced a hiatus from MMA and that he was vacating the welterweight title. He did however leave the door open for a return, but exactly how the situation works logistically was furthur explained by UF President Dana White:

Once "Rush" dropped off the call, UFC President Dana White was asked the status of St-Pierre's contract with the promotion. White confirmed that while he was free to pursue options outside of MMA, St-Pierre's contract with the UFC was frozen until he returned from his indefinite sabbatical.

This decision is important for two reasons. The first is that it allows the UFC to set up a returning St-Pierre with whoever is holding the UFC title at the time. That match up would surely bring one of the biggest pay-per-view (PPV) buy rates in the promotion's history.

More importantly is that it prevents St-Pierre from attempting to sign with a different promotion. With the precedent set with the legal battles with Couture, the contract with the UFC would be upheld in court should St-Pierre's camp attempt to challenge the legality.

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KingofBJJ site profile image  

12/15/13 9:57 AM by KingofBJJ

Stop trolling.

Timtek site profile image  

12/15/13 12:10 AM by Timtek

It's called a non-compete clause. Extremely common in large corporations.

Stea1th site profile image  

12/14/13 7:57 PM by Stea1th

I dunno, I don't see why they wouldn't let him fight again. It makes no sense, they make a ton of money off him and doing that just out of spite makes no sense. 

The Brotorious B.I.G site profile image  

12/14/13 7:55 PM by The Brotorious B.I.G

If gsp never fights in the ufc again, i will guaran-damn-tee he will never compete in mma again, and most likely and other combat sport. But i would be shocked if he never competed in a jitz tourney again

MisterHawkeMMA site profile image  

12/14/13 7:50 PM by MisterHawkeMMA

It's a legitimate point. As long as GSP comes back in a year or two like we all expect it wont make a difference. But what if he stayed retired for 15 years. And then some Canadian promotion wanted to put on some sort of freakshow fight. This rules that out.

Mustard Tiger site profile image  

12/14/13 7:21 PM by Mustard Tiger

... to the welterweight division.

RyannVonDoom site profile image  

12/14/13 6:54 PM by RyannVonDoom

I wonder if he got "the letter" also? Its pretty funny to see tbh

Timtek site profile image  

12/14/13 6:43 PM by Timtek

lol @ Georges going to WSOF or One FC to fight Fitch or Askren over and over.:shudders:

RyannVonDoom site profile image  

12/14/13 6:39 PM by RyannVonDoom

Yep, they consider it frozen and if he gets a better offer from something else they'll block it.

Rambo John J site profile image  

12/14/13 5:11 PM by Rambo John J