St-Pierre seemed to be risking widening the divide by aligning with a recently organized fighters association headed by former Bellator head Bjorn Rebney.
The deal to sign St-Pierre couldn't have come at a better time for the UFC as the promotion searches for superstar main events this year with Conor McGregor now taking a break from fighting while negotiating a potential super fight with Floyd Mayweather while Ronda Rousey appears near retirement following her second loss in a row this past December.
During the past year, St-Pierre has made overtures that he wanted to resume his career with the UFC, but would only return after reaching new terms with the promotion.
While he fell short of naming a timeline or opponent for St-Pierre, White confirmed the former champion's comeback to the L.A. Times following an earlier report this week by MMAFighting.com citing unnamed sources.
White also teased that St-Pierre has talked about the possibility of cutting down to 155 pounds. He says he can make the weight.
St-Pierre has not stepped into the cage since November 2013, ending what was one of the more successful runs in UFC history.
"I'm glad we got together", White said in a text message last fall to Postmedia News.
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"He's back. I'm excited", White said. "It took a lot of time, but we did it", White said, according to the Times.
Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino has been cleared to fight.
If the right matchup presented himself, would anyone be shocked to see him jump at an opportunity to fight twice in 2017 - especially if he has the opportunity to headline a card in Canada? USADA records indicate that he was tested four times in 2016. He must have high name recognition - this is, by the way, a high-profile bout.
According to Tyron Woodley, however, who now holds the UFC welterweight title, St-Pierre should no longer be considered the best welterweight ever.
The UFC 210 card is headlined by a light-heavyweight title fight between champion Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson. Maia is on a six-fight win streak and hasn't lost since 2014.
The Canadian is widely considered one of the finest fighters to have ever graced the octagon but last fought in 2013.
Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson are the top dogs in his old 170lb stomping ground - Woodley defends his belt against "Wonderboy" next month.