White: UFC's relationship with GSP 'has never been better'
UFC President Dana White has received a fair amount of criticism for his comments at the UFC 167 post-fight press conference. Although the media mostly miscontrued his words, White did come across a bit harsh. White today visited the Underground Forum to defend himself and assure everyone that his and the UFC's relationship with champion St-Pierre did not suffer:
From: dfw jr
Posted: 11.20.13 8:22 PM Member Since: 1/1/01
Our relationship with GSP has never been better. I wasnt answering the UG i have not been on here in months and came on the week of the 20th. Someone text me today and said there were a ton of pussies crying so i popped in to answer some questions and tell some people to fuck off :)
One of the many amazing things about the fight game is that it creates a ton of emotion!!! i love talking fights, watching fights and everything else that goes along with it. I am just as much a fan as everyone else and love the sport, the UFC, the fans and most of the fighters. I thought Jon won his fight against Alexander and i thought Johnny won the other night and there are many different opinions as there are with every fight.
I wanted to make sure it was VERY clear to the world that we have NOTHING to do with the judges and refs. You the hard cores know that but the rest of the world that tunes in to a big fight like that does not. Anyway, thats all i got. Those of you that are crying and bitching for me to leave are going to have to go watch Golf cause we are working on big things and i am just gettin started fuckers.
Dana White stands by his GSP comments: 'He made a big mistake'
On Wednesday's edition of UFC Tonight on FOX Sports 1, White doubled down on his comments, saying that St-Pierre's comments were out of line.
"First of all I'm the guy who talks about GSP all the time," White said. "Talks what an amazing champion he's been, how amazing of a champion he's been, how he represents the sport, the title, the brand his country, his list goes on and on.
"But, he made a big mistake, when he said what he said," White continued. "Shouldn't have said it, didn't make sense, and it left everyone wondering what was going on, including me."
White seemed most bothered by the substantial brushback he's received to his opinion, stated at the press conference, that St-Pierre owes the sport.
"When we talk about ‘GSP doesn't owe you anything,' You're wrong," said White. "Here's the reality. GSP took almost a year and a half off. And he's had two fights [actually three] since then, since he tore his ACL out. When you fight in this sport, there's a small opportunity for people, and there's a lineup of people who want a shot at the UFC 170-pound title. You can't just say I'm going to put this on hold because you have personal problems. You can't do that. No, you cannot. You can't do that."
The UFC president reiterated his belief that St-Pierre will return to the Octagon for a Hendricks rematch.
"There will be a rematch," White said. "GSP did not retire on Saturday night."
Georges St-Pierre's manager says retirement is 'possible' after recent Hendricks fight
In the aftermath of St-Pierre's controversial split decision win, St-Pierre announced intentions to take some time off from the sport of mixed martial arts. Now according to his manager, Rodolphe Beaulieu, it's "possible" UFC 167 may prove to have been the last fight of St-Pierre's career, according to a report from Ariel Helwani on Wednesday's UFC Tonight.
Beaulieu added that St-Pierre feels like he defeated Hendricks, and what St-Pierre stated inside the Octagon on Saturday night still stands, despite his battered state.
"I'm going to have a talk with the guys and see what's going to happen. The UFC has always been there for me, they always support me, I would never turn my back on UFC, never, ever," St-Pierre said after defending his title for the ninth straight time.
"I understand from the point of view for the UFC, it is bad for them if I leave like this. I need to make a point, man. I need to get out for a while. I don't know what I'm going to do."
Beaulieu expects to sit down with St-Pierre and discuss what's next in the coming weeks.
Following UFC 167's press conference, UFC President Dana White appeared bullish on the idea of staging an immediate rematch between St-Pierre and Hendricks.
"[St-Pierre] wants to fight," White said. "This isn't about fighting or retiring. It was a personal problem that has him very, very upset right now, and I'm very confident he's going to work it out."