MMA Odds and Ends for Wednesday: White, Fertitta Meet With GSP In Montreal

Dana White Could Georges St-Pierre be considering a return to MMA? It’s possible, especially after GSP was seen with two members of the UFC’s upper brass on Tuesday in Canada. The former UFC welterweight champion, who took a leave of absence from the sport following his split decision win over Johny Hendricks at UFC 167, reportedly met for lunch on Tuesday with UFC president Dana White and UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta yesterday in his hometown of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It is unclear what exactly the conversation was about, but it’s clear that the meeting did happen, and it’s very possible this is the first step towards seeing GSP come back to the Octagon. Following St-Pierre’s win over Hendricks at UFC 167, a split-decision nod in his favor that many felt was unjust, White told fans and reporters at the event’s post-fight news conference that St-Pierre “owed it” to the fans and to the sport to return for a rematch against Hendricks. Days later, St-Pierre announced he was taking a leave from the sport due to fatigue and a lack of drug testing. That was last November, and 11 months later and there’s been absolutely no change in his status. That is, until now — maybe. Judging from the UFC’s pay-per-view numbers this year, it’s clear the promotion is missing GSP and its other former top-drawing stars like Anderson Silva and Brock Lesnar. Even though White recently said that featherweight Conor McGregor is a better star than GSP or Lesnar ever were, everyone knows that’s simply not true, and that White was trying to hype up McGregor. In reality, the UFC is sorely missing GSP and its other former big PPV stars, and the fact he and Fertitta flew to Montreal to meet with St-Pierre shows exactly that, because they know that GSP’s return fight on PPV would be absolutely massive. Although there is no confirmed news as to what took place during their conversation, there are rumors going around on social media that White and Fertitta offered GSP a more lucrative contract. Although St-Pierre didn’t leave the sport because of money problems, let’s face it, the world revolves around the dollar bill and if White and Fertitta made GSP an offer he can’t refuse, it’s very possible the former champ is considering it, and if that’s true, then fans could very well see him in the cage in 2015. I’m not going to believe it until I see it, but White and Fertitta wouldn’t have flown all the way to Montreal if they didn’t believe there was a good chance they could convince St-Pierre to come back, and if White offers GSP a full apology for throwing him under the bus after UFC 167, as well as a new contract — and if St-Pierre is ready to return — then 2015 could be a very exciting year for fans of mixed martial arts.

Written by Adam Martin.

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