It’s no secret that UFC president Dana White was angry with Welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre following his UFC 167 win over Johny Hendricks. White thought “Bigg Rigg” won the fight hands down, and he also thought GSP owed Hendricks an immediate rematch to put the controversy to bed.
The president believes St. Pierre’s cloudy statement about taking time off for personal issues just wasn’t a good enough excuse, and he’s not backing down from his stance. White appeared on last night’s “UFC Tonight” to set the record straight about GSP not retiring:
“Nobody really understood what he said on Saturday. He is not retiring. He made a big mistake on Saturday night when he went up there and said what he said. Shouldn’t have said it. It didn’t make sense, and it left everybody wondering what was going on, including me. Um, he did not retire, he’s coming back.”
“Georges St. Pierre took almost a year-and-a-half off, and he’s had two fights since then because he blew his ACL out. When you fight in this sport, there’s a small window of opportunity for people, and there’s a lineup right now of people that want a shot at that 170-pound title. You can’t just say, ‘I’m gonna take off and put this on hold because I have personal problems.’ You can’t do that. No you cannot.”
Well that settles that. As brutally honest as White can be sometimes, he may have a very good point here. Being a UFC champion, especially with the lofty status of St. Pierre, simply does not afford one the same opportunities as most citizens would hold. Obviously it provides some that they would never experience as well.
It’s a touchy subject that simply came up at exactly the wrong time for the champ.
St. Pierre is reportedly on vacation enjoying himself while rumors abound concerning his personal status. However, one thing is certain: if and when GSP does decide to return to the cage, he’s going to have his hands full with an angry “Bigg Rigg.”
White wants to get the rematch booked. He hasn’t re-watched the fight but he still thinks Hendricks won without a doubt. Does St. Pierre owe it to the fans to get back in the Octagon sooner than later?