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GSP, UFC reportedly come to terms on new multi-fight contract

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One of the most popular MMA fighters in UFC history and the man responsible for igniting the interest of an entire country looks to finally be making his way back to the Octagon after a multi-year layoff.

MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani reported Wednesday that former UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre and the UFC have hammered out terms on a new multi-fight contract, ending a long period of negotiation and consistent denials of his return from UFC president Dana White.

Helwani said that the expectation is the Canadian star will return in the third quarter of 2017, but an opponent and date haven't been announced.

Over the course of the second half of 2016, St. Pierre consistently intimated that he wanted to return to fighting which prompted several fighters (Tyron Woodley, Michael Bisping) to call him out in an effort to secure a "money" fight. It appeared St. Pierre's return would happen at last December's UFC PPV in Toronto against middleweight champion Bisping, but both sides couldn't come to an agreement.

One of the major sticking points has been St. Pierre's deal with Under Armour, a competitor to UFC sponsor and fightwear provider Reebok, but Helwani didn't have any notes on that. Another issue dating back to when St. Pierre was an active competitor was the company's drug testing policies, something that would appear to be alleviated with USADA in place.

St. Pierre last fought in November 2013 at UFC 167, successfully defending his welterweight gold in a controversial split decision over Johny Hendricks.