Georges St-Pierre’s split decision win over Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 in 2013 was undoubtedly controversial, but no one was angrier about it than Dana White.
”I’m blown away that Georges St-Pierre won that fight!” White exclaimed at the post-fight presser. “Listen, I’m a promoter and he’s the biggest star on the [expletive] planet for me and I still don’t think he won that fight.
“ …Georges knew he lost, his corner knew he lost!”
There was more to it than that though as White’s blood was boiling at St-Pierre’s post-fight revelation that he was going to take time out from the sport.
“He could retire (but) there’s no ‘hey listen, I’m going to take a hiatus, I’m going to take a leave of absence.’” White raged. “Whatever the hell it was that he was saying, that’s not how it works!
“You owe it to the fans, you owe it to that belt, you owe it to this company and you owe it to Johny Hendricks to give him that opportunity to fight again, unless you’re going to retire!”
Nevertheless, GSP did vacate the belt and stayed away for several years, during which time White repeatedly insisted that he was gone for good.
”Georges St-Pierre hasn’t had it in here for a long time. I know guys that want to fight and he’s not one of them.”
The Canadian superstar has since proved him wrong by recently staging a comeback and winning the middleweight title from Michael Bisping.