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Morning Report: Georges St-Pierre says UFC fighters 'need to keep their mouths shut' on Reebok deal

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Don't hold your breath waiting for Georges St-Pierre.

The former UFC welterweight champion stepped away from fighting in 2013 and doesn't sound to be in hurry to return.

The UFC climate is quite a bit different from when he left it. While he's encouraged by a reinvigorated approach by the promotion to combat PED use, the UFC's outfitting deal with Reebok doesn't sound appealing to St-Pierre. Even inactive, St-Pierre still claims endorsements from marquee brands like Under Armour, none of which he'd be allowed to bring inside the Octagon.

Speaking with media Thursday in Las Vegas, St-Pierre spoke about the unique place he holds in the sport as an athlete, comfortable and bound to no one.

"I'm wealthy now," said St-Pierre. "A few years ago, I didn't make as much money. It was easy for people to say, 'Oh yeah? You're talking bad about us? Out. You're out. We don't hire you.' There are a lot of guys in the same situation. They think the same things as me, but they don't have the power I have. I don't need to fight anymore. If I don't want to fight, I am wealthy, I am happy. I don't need this anymore. I don't have to. Maybe I would like to, but I don't need to."

St-Pierre also spoke on the pressure for fighters not to voice complaints towards the UFC, alluding to the promotion's controversial dismissal of beloved cutman Jacob 'Stitch' Duran in July.

"Some of the guys, when you're a professional athlete, it's not a jet set life," said St-Pierre. "It's a very hard life. These guys, they don't make a lot of money. They need to keep their mouths shut. If you open [your mouth] and say what you think, you saw what happened in the Reebok thing. If you talk bad about certain things you're kicked out.

"Some of these guys, they need the income. I understand that and I'm no different. But now I'm in a position where I can say what I think. I'm just not disrespectful. I don't say names or anything, but this is a problem. I'm talking for a lot of people. Trust me."

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