The UFC released a statement on Monday night stating that Georges St-Pierre is not a free agent and that, “[he] 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.”
Earlier in the day, St-Pierre stated that he was in fact a free agent while on The MMA Hour. His quote of, “At least I’m a free man. I have other options. I’m not caught up legally with a contract,” seems to have been a major misunderstanding of his situation from someone on his end, who failed to inform him that he in fact was “caught up legally with a contract.”
One of the UFC’s most illustrious fighters of all-time last stepped into the octagon in November 2013. He retained his UFC Welterweight Championship at UFC 167 that night over Johny Hendricks, moving to 25-2 in his professional career. It was his 10th consecutive defense of the belt, which he won from Matt Hughes at UFC 79 in December 2007.
Having announced his retirement in December 2013, St-Pierre has perpetually flirted with the possibility of a return. While the potential for a major financial gain is obvious for both sides, it seems that a part of this process has broken down to the point where St-Pierre is not even aware of whether or not he has a future obligation to fight in the promotion.