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UFC insists that Georges St-Pierre remains under contract

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Despite his claims to the contrary, the UFC insists that Georges St-Pierre remains under contract with the company.

The company released a statement on Monday night: "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."

St-Pierre made an appearance on the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani on Monday afternoon to announce his supposed free agency. St-Pierre claimed that his lawyer terminated his contract with the UFC after they had failed to give him a fight when presented with a legal notice asking for one.

During the appearance, St-Pierre said that talks about his return fight had progressed when the Fertitta's still owned the company, but Lorenzo Fertitta's offer was pulled by the new owners after WME-IMG took control.

ESPN's Brett Okamoto reached out to Bellator president Scott Coker on Monday about St-Pierre's possible free agency, and Coker noted that the development was interesting.

St-Pierre issued a non-committal response when asked by Helwani if he would fight outside of the UFC, only saying that we'll see what happens and that everything in mixed martial arts in about timing.