At this moment, former UFC Welterweight champion Georges St.-Pierre is on leave from the UFC. Many call this ‘retirement’. I call it “taking some time off from getting drilled in the noggin”, but that’s just my personal favorite informal way of putting it.
GSP and the UFC aren’t getting along, and by “the UFC” I mean Lorenzo Fertitta and predominately Dana White.
Shortly after GSP defeated Johny Hendricks by split decision back in their title fight in November, he vacated the belt, but not before taking a verbal public slashing by Dana White.
In the months leading up to the fight with Hendricks, both GSP and Hendricks had a childish battle of “lets do this!” and “no! Let’s do that!” GSP wanted to prove his ‘detractors’ that say he’s on performance enhancing drugs wrong by using a particular drug testing company. Hendricks was originally going to be tested as well, but he wanted to use a different company. GSP didn’t want to comply, and neither did Hendricks, so this whole situation was one big cluster-you-know-what. GSP only wanted to prove himself to be ‘clean’ by using his own method of testing but didn’t want to try any other form — the same with Hendricks.
In the post-fight presser, Dana White couldn’t have acted more immature and childish as the president of the UFC, as he told lies such as when he said, “Johny Hendricks won that fight. He beat Georges St.-Pierre up so bad that GSP had to go to the freakin’ hospital” when GSP arrived at the post-fight presser no later than about 10-15 minutes after that statement was emitted.
They stole GSP’s belt, lied about his health (as mentioned), and ridiculed him in the press conference (and tried to prevent him from attending it). Dana White and Co. tried to destroy his image. Is this how you treat a great, humble champion, a true professional? Your biggest pay-per-view draw in the entire company?
This is what GSP had to say after he semi-retired and vacated the Welterweight title in regards to pre-fight drug testing in the UFC, which is what this rift is now about:
It bothered me enormously. … This is a relatively new sport. There’s one organization that has a monopoly, so the fighters don’t have much power. They can’t really talk because if one says what he thinks, he will get punished.
If we want the sport to be accepted worldwide, like baseball, hockey, football, soccer, I believe [drug testing] is the thing to do. … I wanted to remain diplomatic, but unfortunately there were people who weren’t ready to change things. I’m certain it’s a question of time. And maybe if things change one day, I’ll return.
I feel that the UFC’s drug testing is pretty damn questionable, too. Dana White had the audacity, the other night after UFC Fight Night 35, to say that the company’s drug testing is the strongest of any sport in the world. Yeah, alright. Of course he’s going to protect the business, but come on. He even said that the testing Brazil is up to par. Oh, yeah, Dana? Riddle me this… ever since Middleweight title contender Vitor Belfort started his TRT usage, his three fights (wins) have all came in Brazil. Finally, of course, he’ll be fighting champion of the 185 lb. division, Chris Weidman, in Vegas.
I’m not on anybody’s side. I just think the whole situation is sketchy, at best.