Former UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre will be returning to the UFC after a three year absence to face UFC Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping later this year.
The Canadian superstar says that his new deal with the UFC made himself and the promotion unhappy.
“To tell you the truth, it’s not exactly what we really wanted, it is still a little bit below what we really wanted in the beginning. But for UFC, it’s more than they were willing to give me, is what they said. So we both are unhappy in a way, which is the middle ground line, so I guess it’s a good thing. It’s like a settlement in court. If both parties are unhappy, I guess it’s a good thing. That’s how it is. Also, the love for the sport, I wanted to be back, the emotional side of it made me accept the deal. I don’t regret it, I am happy. But if you ask me if it’s what we originally wanted, no, it’s not, it is a little bit below. But it is still very good money, very close. We both made concessions on each part, not just one one side, but both sides and that’s why the deal was done,” GSP said on The MMA Hour.
GSP will be competing at middleweight for the first time in his professional MMA career. One of the welterweights on the UFC roster right now that GSP admires is Demian Maia.
“There is a guy in the welterweight division that I see, to me, if I have to make a prediction, I believe he will be the champion. I don’t like to see past things but I think, as he is right now, Demian Maia is very, very skilled. I see him as a very big threat right now for the title. I think he’s going to win over Masvidal, and I think he’s going to win over Woodley if he fights him. He’s older, but he’s in his prime right now. I think he reached the perfect timing between physical and mental in his game. He’s just so good at what he does. He’s like the blade of a katana. I think his blade is very sharp right now, it’s perfectly polished. He’s going to be very hard to stop right now. He finished Carlos Condit. Nobody has ever done that the way he finished Carlos Condit. I was shocked. I was like ‘Oh my God, what the hell is this?’ And he still doesn’t have a title shot?,” says GSP.
UFC 167 was the last time GSP was in the Octagon, that was a decision win over Johny Hendricks.