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'I have other options' - GSP says he has terminated his UFC contract

The 35-year-old Canadian was speaking on ‘The MMA Hour’ this evening.

GSP retired and vacated the UFC welterweight title back in 2013.
GSP retired and vacated the UFC welterweight title back in 2013.
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GEORGES ST-PIERRE, one of the greatest fighters in the history of MMA, is no longer under contract with the UFC.

The Canadian this evening revealed he is a free agent after negotiations with the promotion fell through.

Speaking to Ariel Helwani on Monday’s ‘The MMA Hour’, the 35-year-old said: ”You heard it right. I’m a free agent.”

St Pierre, a three-time UFC welterweight champion, retired and vacated the title in December 2013, announcing that he needed to take some time off from the sport.

However, in recent weeks speculation has mounted over a return but GSP said that an offer from the UFC was withdrawn when the promotion was sold to WME-ING in July.

The new owners told him that they would need to spend money to promote him to the sport’s new audience.

“The reason I wanted to go back and fight is because I feel right now that I’m at my best,” he said.

“I’m truly confident I can beat the guys that are champions right now. I’m that confident. At least I’m a free man. Now, I know I’m free. I have other options. I’m not caught up legally with a contract. I’m a free man.

“I don’t take it personal. I found it a little bit funny to tell you the truth. I know it’s a lie. Sometimes I start to ask myself if they started to believe what they’re saying.

“To [come back], it would have been a win-win situation. I think now what happened with this situation, the biggest loser is the fans. I’m a loser. The UFC is a loser. Even the UFC is a loser. They would have made good money.”

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