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St-Pierre, manager part ways over vision of fighter's future
Posted on Fri, Jan 21, 2011 at 9:04 am
by IDMA Editor

Ultimate Fighting Championship superstar Georges St-Pierre and manager Shari Spencer are going their separate ways.

The split between the reigning UFC welterweight champion and his manager since 2007 comes, according to a press release, as "they felt they had a different vision for the future of Georges' career and it was best to remain close personally but dissolve their business relationship."

The split, described by both as amicable, was first reported by

In the time since St-Pierre and Spencer partnered nearly four years ago, GSP has signed endorsement deals with major sponsors including Under Armour and Gatorade. He also became the first mixed-martial-arts star to sign with Creative Arts Agency Sports, a branch of Creative Arts Agency, one of Hollywood's top talent agencies.

He is remaining part of that company, which includes a who's-who list of clients ranging from Sidney Crosby to Steven Spielberg, David Letterman to Justin Bieber.

"Shari has been very valuable to me and my career over the last several years," said St-Pierre in the statement.

"We broke through a lot of barriers together and so I will always be grateful to her and call her my friend."

Spencer said she "is thankful for the trust" St-Pierre showed in her.

"I am extremely proud of the representation I provided to Georges and the incredible opportunity to have partnered with an athlete of his calibre," she added.

St-Pierre, who on Dec. 11 at UFC 124 defended his title against Josh Koscheck in front of a North American mixed-martial-arts record crowd of 23,152 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, will next enter the octagon on April 30 at UFC 129 in Toronto.

His match versus challenger Jake Shields is expected to shatter all North American gate and attendance records at the Rogers Centre.

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