Dana White To GSP: You Can’t Put This On Hold Because You...

Dana White To GSP: You Can’t Put This On Hold Because You Have Personal Problems


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?

A huge fan of the sport since 1995, I love writing all aspects of the fight game. As Chief Editor of LowKick MMA, I strive to stay on the cutting edge of all things MMA related.
  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/MagicMMA MagicMMA

    Lay off Dana, GSP can do what he pleases, and at this point I wouldn't mind him retiring just to piss your greedy *** off. What is he putting off? It hasn't even been a week since the fight! George is on vacation! Let him be for a while

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Zip Zip

      I'm really starting to dislike this guy. I think you coined it correctly Magic regarding greed. It's as if he lost a bet on JH and he just can't let it go. Speaking of betting, is it just me, or should he not be allowed to bet on fights within the UFC? Major conflict of interest issues there.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/ksooner76 ksooner76

      mannnn i didn't think so at first but I've watched it 3-4 times now were times where GSP came out and looked to push the fight but that only lasted for lil over minute and the Johnny would control and dominate,.. GSP throwing way more punches but not connecting as much and no damage or dazing,Hendricks connected and would daze him in almost every round I love GSP is great champ but after watching a few times lean towards Hendricks plus either way it should be a immediate rematch both would of deserved it and they are pro fighters its what they do..if he plans to take personal time for long period should vacate the belt,..hell with medical suspension wont fight for at least couple months and if need more than that then damn! if I took more than couple week for personal time would be fired couple months personal time should be good, GSP makes it sound like he needs most the year off.. Dana is an ******* but is right should be immediate rematch they are both GREAT fighters and deserve it if Hendricks won and then said need to take the year off I have issues it would be another story with some of you guys but would be the same thing GSP is doing ….. rematch or vacate

      • http://lowkickmma.com/author/dropkickmurphy dropkickmurphy

        Dana has little or no respect for these fighters. To coin Matt Serra, he is like a swimming coach who is scared for the water. Calling people cowards.. Hope one of these guys just open hand b*tch slaps him to watch him cower.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/asdf asdf

    I concur. GSP doesn't own anything to the company. He's been a great champion. And honestly the fight was not a blowout, as Dana and others tend you to believe. I don't want to start an argument about who won. Yes JH most likely won the fight, but the scoring is based on rounds not the whole fight. Basically the whole thing came to one round, the first round.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/TheXperience TheXperience

    "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 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"

    This right here is the truth and nothing but the truth…. You either fight, or step out of the picture, you can't leave the whole division in limbo, just because you have some "personal" issues to deal with. Everyone has issues and i'm pretty sure there's plenty of fighter's with bigger issues than him, but when it's time to perform, it's time to perform. Holding that belt takes away the luxury of of doing certain things, such as stepping away for an extended period of time. It's not fair to the competitors waiting for a shot and it's selfish. He has the belt, so he has to defend it, he can't hold it hostage. If he doesn't want to defend it anymore, he has to let it go. It's as simple as that.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/johndo11 johndo11

      I don't understand the "weaks" here. Thats true. When you're the champ you get the fame and the millions of dollars that go with it. You can't just step out.

      If you're not mentally ready to fight forfeit the belt. Don't hold up other hardworking honest fighters who go through personal issues as well.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/enjoylife321 enjoylife321


  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/highkick12 highkick12

    Its his job, I cant just say Im not coming to work for a couple months.
    Thats what Dana is saying.
    He gave him a year in a half off when he was hurt so its not like hes telling him he has to fight regardless of his condition.
    And its not like his next fight would be booked for next month.
    You haters are looking at this wrong just to throw out more negativity.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/TheXperience TheXperience


  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Def_tac Def_tac

    Hey Dana Eat shiz buddy. Looks like you need our **** kicked. In case you didn't get it, Hey Dana eat Shiz idiot. Thanks for everything.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/watermelonfresh watermelon fresh

    Just when I thought my opinion on the bald father could not sink any lower, he sometimes manages to find a new low.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/cfcy cfcy

    Im with dana on this one its his job and gsp has fought in 3 years 5 fights but on the other hand im not against gsp, if he wants to take his vacation well then give up your belt and let the other hungry guys in the welterweight division start mixing things up, i think its unfair for guys like lawlor, condit to have to wait for gsp (6-8 months) then the rematch the another (7 months) a year a half for another contender to challenge gsp and for the next he'll have to wait another 6 months,, 2 ********years!!! im with dana

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/HolyGrimace666 HolyGrimace666

    Dana has always treated his fighters like crap, but now that hes doing it to the golden boy GSP, everyone is getting bent out of shape. I think its about time GSP was thrown under the bus, its only fair that Dana treats GSP like all the other dogs he has leached.