UFC welterweight superstar Georges St.Pierre has amicably parted ways with his manager Shari L. Spencer according to a press release today.

The announcement will come as a surprise to some given that their partnership had proven to be very successful since Spencer began guiding his career in 2007. In the following years major endorsement deals for the likes of Gatorade, Mission Skincare and Under Armour, along with recently starring in advertisements for ESPN, marked GSP out as a genuine crossover star and arguably the most marketable fighter in the sport.

Though both were keen to stress that there’s no animosty in the split, it appears that different views on his future brought about the decision.

“Shari has been very valuable to me and my career over the last several years. We broke through a lot of barriers together and so I will always be grateful to her and call her my friend,” St-Pierre says in the press release.

“I am extremely proud of the representation I provided to Georges and the incredible opportunity to have partnered with an athlete of his caliber. I am thankful for the trust that he displayed in me in managing his career since mid 2007 and I wish him the best going forward,” Spencer said.

GSP is expected to announce a new manager shortly. Meanwhile Spencer has one other high profile MMA fighter to devote her energies too – current lightweight champion Frankie Edgar who she began working with prior to him winning the title.

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