Well, it's now official: Canada's greatest MMA fighter will finally make a much-anticipated return to the octagon. UFC president, Dana White, gave the juicy details to ESPN earlier today, confirming what many of us north of the border had been hoping for since 2013. During a brief interview with SportsCenter, White revealed that Georges St-Pierre will indeed make his return to the fighting championship later this year, and even more exciting, he'll contend for a title in the process.
GSP is currently slated for a middleweight matchup against Michael Bisping, and the whole thing is primed to go down in Las Vegas for UFC 209. While Rush's comeback alone is enough narrative to hype up the event, the fight itself is still in the early stages of development. This becomes even more apparent when you hear that both the date and venue are still unconfirmed.
The 35-year-old St-Pierre was an era-defining star during his UFC career. This legacy was cemented between 2008 and 2013, a period that saw him defend his welterweight title an incredible nine times. Meanwhile, Bisping is far from being a slouch himself, and currently holds an impressive 30-7 record. The English fighter famously campaigned for a clash with GSP late last year, something that would have happened had it not been for financial and legal snafus.
Speaking with SportsCenter, White reiterated how exciting this card will be for fans of mixed martial arts. He also spoke a bit for his Canadian star, delving into the Quebec native's return to the sport. "He's been talking about coming back for a couple years. Personally, I wasn't a believer, but he and I got together in Las Vegas, had dinner and got a deal done." As ESPN reports, St-Pierre will face the press this Friday, and give us his own take on the exciting news. For more on UFC 209, stay locked onto Complex CA.