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In a sport that never stops moving, even MMA junkies can struggle to keep up with all the latest news. If you missed any of Thursday’s biggest headlines, catch up with “The Comeback.”

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In a sport that never stops moving, even MMA junkies can struggle to keep up with all the latest news. If you missed any of Thursday’s biggest headlines, catch up with “The Comeback.”

Check out the video above to get caught up on the latest news. And if you’d like to read more, check out the following coverage:

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In this week’s Twitter Mailbag, are the obstacles too great for a GSP return in time for the UFC’s big event at Madison Square Garden? And does the UFC need him more than ever after the recent rift with its “Notorious” superstar?

All that, plus thoughts on the Reebok fight kits getting more colorful and the rough Bellator debut for a former UFC lightweight champ.

Got a question of your own? Tweet it to @BenFowlkesMMA.

No kidding he has to restructure it. The UFC now is actually kind of shockingly different from the UFC Georges St-Pierre left in 2013.

Gone are the days of repping sponsors on your shorts and on your banner. A guy like GSP still has enough juice to pull some sponsors even when he can’t sport their logos on fight night, but he also signed his last UFC deal at a time when fighters of his caliber could expect to make way more in sponsor pay than they do in the Reebok era. Since he’s been gone, the UFC has completely reshaped that landscape. So who’s going to compensate St-Pierre for the money he’ll be missing in the end?

There’s also the question of existing deals he may have with sponsors. Back when the UFC’s deal with Reebok was first announced, companies like Hayabusa expressed doubt and concern about exactly this situation.

As for whether it will all get worked out in time to land St-Pierre on the UFC 205 card in New York City this November, it’s hard to say. It seems like enough time to sort out all the issues, but we’ve seen before how complex even the simple stuff can get once the suits on both sides start butting heads. And if you’re expecting the same exact St-Pierre, just remember what a year off did to Jon Jones’ timing at UFC 197 last weekend.

All I know for sure is that, considering the headaches Conor McGregor has caused UFC executives lately, they’re probably longing for the days when they had themselves a nice, easy-going GSP to depend on.

The USADA policy states, in section 5.7.1: “An Athlete who gives notice of retirement to UFC, or has otherwise ceased to have a contractual relationship with UFC, may not resume competing in UFC Bouts until he/she has given UFC written notice of his/her intent to resume competing and has made him/herself available for Testing for a period of four months before returning to competition.”

Where it gets tricky is a) St-Pierre likely had no cause to give written notice of his retirement to the UFC, especially since he did his best to avoid using the r-word whenever he could, and b) when he did leave, it was well before the UFC signed the deal with USADA.

Once the USADA deal went into effect, the UFC had to get fighters under existing contracts to agree to it. So for all we know, St-Pierre may have never signed anything agreeing to the new anti-doping policy. Why would he, if he wasn’t fighting?

But if he wants to come back, he would presumably need to sign on to the policy (which shouldn’t be a problem, since he advocated for just such a policy), and then make himself available for four months worth of testing. Of course, the policy also states that, “UFC may grant an exemption to the four-month written notice rule in exceptional circumstances or where the strict application of that rule would be manifestly unfair to an Athlete.”

Tell you the truth, after all the fuss he raised about the need for stricter drug testing, it almost feels like GSP should be the first one in line with his blood sample ready.

Come on, man. Give Andrey Koreshkov some credit. Yes, size and range played a role in his win over Benson Henderson, but it wasn’t the only variable that mattered. Remember when Henderson took on Brandon Thatch at welterweight, and he showed up to weigh-ins looking like he was about to get stuffed in a locker? He struggled with the bigger Thatch early on, but eventually got him to the mat and submitted him.

That he couldn’t do that against Koreshkov – that, in fact, he was lucky not to get knocked out early on in the fight – is a testament to more than just Koreshkov’s size. That guy is a skilled fighter and he executed a smart game plan against Henderson. That said, he may have also reminded Henderson that weight classes exist for a reason. If he can still make lightweight, he should.

I’m not sure there is much chance for a win/win proposition at this point, nor do I think the UFC is all that interested in one. This became a battle of egos. McGregor wanted to call his own shots, to some extent. The UFC quickly seemed more interested in reminding him who was in charge than it was in finding an equitable solution that all parties could live with.

In its quest to maintain the upper hand, the UFC willingly left millions of dollars on the table. I can only assume that it thinks the short-term hit is the lesser of two evils in this battle with a stubborn superstar.

The problem is, McGregor’s not going to become less of a superstar as a result of this. It’s debatable whether the UFC would even want him to be. So now you’ve alienated one of your biggest draws, but you still need him to make you money in the future. It’s a conundrum.

If, however, the UFC were looking for a way to give McGregor what he wants and still save face in this battle of labor versus management, this might be the rare situation where an injury scratch on a major fight card would actually be a good thing.

Say either Jose Aldo or Frankie Edgar were to get hurt. Say the UFC needed a big time replacement, and say McGregor was willing to take the risk just to get a piece of that UFC 200 action. Well, then you’d have a bad situation that could become a good one.

If a major MMA camp is going to survive over the long haul, it needs something permanent to draw new talent. If the attraction is limited to the current fighter on the mats every day, that appeal is bound to run dry sooner or later. Fighters retire. Fighters leave. Fighters decline (at which point they’re likely to leave or retire). And then what?

What you need is a rock to build around. Urijah Faber was that rock for a long time, but he can’t run the team and run his own career. Hiring ex-fighter coaches to come in and lead the squad brings problems of its own, as Team Alpha Male discovered with the Duane Ludwig fiasco.

Honestly, maybe the best thing that could happen to the team is Faber’s retirement. That is, if he still felt interested in running an MMA gym once he no longer needed one to train in.

The colors are a welcome, though obvious improvement. I really can’t believe it took this long to move beyond black-with-white and white-with-black as the two choices, but fine. Anything that makes it easier to tell unknown undercard fighters apart has to be a good move at this point.

You’re right, though. For the fighters, the color scheme was the least important aspect of this issue. But while I don’t think we’ve heard the last of the complaints over the financial implications of the deal, I do think we’re through the worst of it. It seems like the dismal reality of the Reebok deal has been fully explored and, in a way, accepted. Kind of sad, really. Also maybe inevitable.

It’s true. We even got sucked into this debate. Before, it felt like calling Demetrious Johnson the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world was part consolation prize, and part marketing gimmick. But after he destroyed an Olympic gold medalist on the same card that saw Jon Jones cruise to a decision against a clearly overmatched foe, the argument feels like it has some real met to it for the first time.

The only downside is, we know where Jones goes from here. He’ll rematch Daniel Cormier at UFC 200, and he’ll get another chance to prove his superiority against a respected, elite opponent. As for “Mighty Mouse”? It wasn’t so long ago the UFC wanted him to defend his title against a reality show winner. Now how’s a pound-for-pound great supposed to make his case that way?

Ben Fowlkes is MMAjunkie and USA TODAY’s MMA columnist. Follow him on Twitter at @BenFowlkesMMA. Twitter Mailbag appears every Thursday on MMAjunkie.

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In a sport that never stops moving, even MMA junkies can struggle to keep up with all the latest news. If you missed any of Wednesday’s biggest headlines, catch up with “The Comeback.”

Check out the video above to get caught up on the latest news. And if you’d like to read more, check out the following coverage:

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Filed under: Featured, Featured Videos, News, UFC, Videos

In a sport that never stops moving, even MMA junkies can struggle to keep up with all the latest news. If you missed any of Tuesday’s biggest headlines, catch up with “The Comeback.”

Check out the video above to get caught up on the latest news. And if you’d like to read more, check out the following coverage:

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In a sport that never stops moving, even MMA junkies can struggle to keep up with all the latest news. If you missed any of Monday’s biggest headlines, catch up with “The Comeback.”

Check out the video above to get caught up on the latest news. And if you’d like to read more, check out the following coverage:

  • Conor McGregor says he’s back on UFC 200 – but he’s the only one saying it (Updated)
  • UFC flyweight Paddy Holohan, 27, announces retirement due to blood disorder
  • Bellator’s Scott Coker: Time’s right for UFC vets like Rory MacDonald to test free agency
  • Former welterweight title challenger Thiago Alves says next fight will be at lightweight
  • Longtime MMA fan and Oscar winner Kevin Costner thinks sport should be in Olympics

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In a sport that never stops moving, even MMA junkies can struggle to keep up with all the latest news. If you missed any of Thursday’s biggest headlines, catch up with “The Comeback.”

Check out the video above to get caught up on the latest news. And if you’d like to read more, check out the following coverage:

  • Conor McGregor ‘not retired’ and ‘still ready for UFC 200,’ but demands lighter PR schedule
  • Twitter reacts to Conor McGregor’s statement (and the takes are extra hot)
  • UFC champ Conor McGregor’s retirement threat? UFC 197’s top fighters discuss
  • On Conor McGregor (and Tim and Suzie’s terrible morning show)
  • Twitter Mailbag: Many ways of looking at Conor McGregor vs. UFC
  • Video: UFC fighters react to Conor McGregor’s comments on his promotional duties
  • UFC Fight Night 91 gets Tim Boetsch vs. Josh Samman, Scott Holtzman vs. Cody Pfister
  • Kyle Noke vs. Keita Nakamura slated for UFC Fight Night 91 in South Dakota
  • Sioux Falls native Ben Nguyen meets Louis Smolka at UFC Fight Night 91 in S.D.
  • 5 reasons to watch Bellator 153, including Benson Henderson’s shot at yet another belt
  • Who ya got?! Fellow fighters predict Bellator 153’s Koreshkov vs. Henderson headliner
  • Video: UFC 197 fighters get face-to-face following media day in Las Vegas
  • Felice Herrig vs. Kailin Curran joins Chicago’s UFC on FOX 20 lineup

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In a sport that never stops moving, even MMA junkies can struggle to keep up with all the latest news. If you missed any of Wednesday’s biggest headlines, catch up with “The Comeback.”

Check out the video above to get caught up on the latest news. And if you’d like to read more, check out the following coverage:

  • Conor McGregor out over media obligations? This argument isn’t about what it’s about
  • Dana White: If Conor McGregor calls me now, the fight with Nate Diaz is back on
  • If Conor McGregor retires, UFC 200’s Aldo vs. Edgar will be for featherweight belt
  • Jon Jones says he feels alive before UFC 197, and would gladly headline UFC 200
  • Ricardo Lamas booked for fight with Max Holloway at June’s UFC 199 in California
  • Anthony Johnson has 4 screws in his mouth and zero care whether he gets next title shot

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There have been rumbles of Georges St-Pierre returning for months now. Famed boxing coach Freddie Roach discussed running a camp with the former welterweight champ. His MMA coach, Firas Zahabi, has been stoking the fire of superfights with either Conor McGregor or Nate Diaz. For the most part though, GSP has been fairly quiet on a return to the Octagon…until now.

On Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour, St-Pierre himself teased a comeback to MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani. “If I feel good, I’ll give the thumbs up to my manager,” he said (h/t to MMA Fighting‘s Marc Raimondi for the transcription). “They’ve been talking with UFC, but now they’re going to talk more seriously to see what’s gonna happen.”

Warning, NSFW Language

While the rumors have been swirling for months and St-Pierre openly stated that his return wasn’t guaranteed, this is still a surprising announcement. St-Pierre famously announced that he was taking an indefinite leave from the sport following his controversial UFC 167 win over Johny Hendricks. Numerous explanations were given including his frustration with lax drug testing and a struggle with obsessive compulsive disorder, but his break from the sport only became more mysterious with time. 

As the months turned to years, the relationship between St-Pierre and UFC brass became progressively worse. UFC President Dana White was visibly irate when St-Pierre announced that he was taking time off at UFC 167 and infamously declared that he “owed it to the company” to rematch Hendricks while speaking with Fox Sports 1 before tearing into him at the post-fight press conference and saying “his problems aren’t as bad as he thinks they are.” Not long after, he would label St-Pierre’s criticism of UFC drug testing procedures as “kooky” and “insane” and, last year, stated he was laughing at the discussion of a GSP return.

St-Pierre has apparently moved past it, saying, “I’m not on bad terms with nobody. I understand it’s a business.” That, however, doesn’t mean he sees eye-to-eye with the promotion quite yet.

St-Pierre specifically discussed his dissatisfaction with the terms of the UFC’s Reebok deal as a sticking point for his return. “We need to renegotiate maybe a new contract. I’m not allowed to wear my sponsors anymore, and I lose money,” he said. “It depends how it’s gonna go down with the UFC. We’ll see what’s gonna happen.”

Once again, St-Pierre’s return is far from a certainty at this point, but fans finally have cause to start getting excited about a return. 

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