Before all of this, St-Pierre was razor close to a UFC return before negotiations fell through. A laundry list of excuses rained down as to why this never happened, from asking too much money to new management feeling they'd have to "reintroduce" St-Pierre back to the fans. However, St-Pierre still doesn't rule out a return, and claims that he received a very timely call from the UFC recently.
“No, it doesn't mean I'm done with the UFC,” St-Pierre said to TSN. “Like other members, like Cain Velasquez, Tim Kennedy, Cowboy Cerrone, they're all seasoned fighters. Doesn't mean I'm done."
“Actually, the night that we launched the association we received a letter, Rodolphe [Beaulieu] received a letter — my agent — from the UFC lawyer saying that they want to renew the negotiation with me because at the point where I was before the negotiation, the communication was cut," St-Pierre said. "So, we didn't have any kind of communication."
If the #MMAAA wanted a knee-jerk reaction, it sure got one, if not the one they expected. While the association is just a baby that may not know everything about its world, #DonaldCerrone has already had a change of heart, and from St-Pierre's words, it seems like UFC has as well.
“Unfortunately the conditions that they were offering me for the contract were unacceptable. Any smart person would not have accepted it. A person who would have accepted is a person who is scared and has no choice, but I'm healthy, I'm wealthy, I have the choice," St-Pierre said. "I was hoping earlier to get on the card for Toronto but it's not happening and now I guess they'll keep talking and we'll see if they can come to an agreement. Same story as before but now I have more options. I'm [a] free agent. I don't have to be in the UFC."
It was no secret on social media that #GSP was training for a fight that didn't exist yet all the way up close to the rumored fight. He even spoke out on it that initial #MMAAA conference call, which may have been one of the factors for the UFC reaching out. It looked like his opponent was going to be #MichaelBisping to headline the #UFC206 card this weekend, but of course the UFC wasn't able to make it happen.