It took long enough, but the UFC and future Hall-of-Famer Georges St. Pierre finally came to terms on a new contract and already have his first fight booked: a middleweight title shot against champion Michael Bisping at some point in 2017.
Even without a venue or a date, the two will have their first press conference to begin building the fight Friday at 5 PM EST.
St. Pierre will be 36 when he steps into the Octagon for the first time in more than three years, a long layoff that included recovery from an ACL tear. He is getting the shot despite never having fought at 185 pounds and with several challengers waiting for Bisping.
Bisping is coming off the best year of his long career, having bested Anderson Silva, Dan Henderson and Luke Rockhold, the latter in a shocking upset for the belt. He has been trying to make this fight since GSP announced he wanted to return. While many assumed this fight would be in Toronto this past December, the negotiations to make it happen fell through.
Speculation is the bout will take place as part of International Fight Week this July in Las Vegas, NV.