Well fight fans, not only is former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre making his return to the octagon, he’s going to be fighting for his first world title since he left in 2013.

UFC President Dana White announced on “Sports Center” that St-Pierre will take on current middleweight titleholder Michael Bisping in his comeback fight to the promotion, sometime in 2017. This announcement comes after White confirmed that St-Pierre had resigned with the company.

GSP returns to continue his UFC legacy

The last time GSP fought was in 2013 when he successfully defended the welterweight title against Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 in a fight that ended in a controversial decision.

St-Pierre, who had made his ninth title defense and was riding an 11-fight winning streak, announced he would be taking some time off but left the door open for a return.

Since St-Pierre left the octagon, the former champion has starred in movies, injured his ACL, healed from it and joined four other MMA fighters in launching a union, something I thought would deter him from resigning with the UFC.

Rumors of St-Pierre's return began brewing back in the summer and fall. Honestly, I didn't think we'd see him return to the UFC, let along fight Bisping.

Rise of Michael Bisping as UFC Champ

While St-Pierre has been away, several UFC veterans rose to prominence, including Bisping. In the last two years, “The Ultimate Fighter” 3 winner has racked up an impressive five-fight winning streak, defeating former titleholder Anderson Silva, taking the middleweight title from Luke Rockhold at UFC 199 and successfully defending the belt against Dan Henderson - avenging two losses in the process.

Bisping has entertained a fight with GSP, calling him out on his radio show “The Countdown.” The middleweight champion has put a few impressive names to his fight resume and he’s looking to add GSP to the list of fallen opponents - not to mention the big payday this fight will bring.

St-Pierre in Win-Win Scenario For UFC Comeback

Despite being away from the UFC for over three years, St-Pierre is a still big a name and this fight will make him look good, whether he wins or loses. If he loses, it’s no big deal because he hasn’t fought in three years and he’s competing at middleweight for the first time in his career.

If St-Pierre wins, he’s proven to the world that he can still fight the best, even though he hasn’t been actively competing for three years. Another bonus is that he’s the fourth fighter in the UFC to win championships in two different weight classes - joining the ranks of Randy Couture, B.J. Penn and most recently, Conor McGregor - which adds to his legacy.

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