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UFC releases statement on Georges St-Pierre declaring himself a free agent

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Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre announced on The MMA Hour that he's a free agent. The UFC, however, begs to differ.

On Monday, legendary UFC welterweight Georges St-Pierre made a major announcement on The MMA Hour, stating that his lawyer, James Quinn, terminated his contract with the UFC, therefore making him a free agent. The UFC has since released an official statement on GSP's status with the promotion, and they say he's still under contract.

"Georges St-Pierre remains under an existing agreement with Zuffa, LLC as his MMA promoter. Zuffa intends to honor its agreement with St-Pierre and reserves its rights under the law to have St-Pierre do the same."

GSP was angling for a return to the UFC after nearly 3 years away from the sport. He'd recently entered the USADA testing pool, but his sponsorship deal with Under Armour was among several points of contention in terms of his management dealing with the UFC at the negotiation table.

According to St-Pierre, the recent sale to WME-IMG caused talks to fall apart.

"It was like a shock, because we felt like we were making progress, we were almost there," St-Pierre said (via MMA Fighting). "When they told us that, I got angry."

This latest development will surely set up a major legal showdown between the UFC and one of the most dominant champions in the sport's history.

You can watch the full MMA Hour interview with GSP at the top of the page.