Could Georges St-Pierre be rushing back to the Octagon sooner rather than later? It certainly seems that way based on recent information.

Ariel Helwani is reporting that both St-Pierre and the UFC have come to terms on a new deal. This comes after months of both sides negotiating a return to competition for the former UFC welterweight champion.

While details are scarce and the agreement is not 100 percent official, Helwani indicated that we should expect to see St-Pierre back in MMA later this year. A return fight was not indicated but one would assume his first fight back would have to be a big pay day for all parties involved.

Considering he never dropped the UFC welterweight title in the cage, it’d make sense for GSP to step in against the current champion. Another option that is currently being discussed is GSP vs. current UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping. The Englishman has made it known he’s interested in big money fights, even looking at the possibility of fighting current welterweight champ Tyron Woodley in a catchweight bout.

Nothing is set in stone but MMA fans can anticipate seeing the MMA legend back in action before the close of 2017.