Dana White Says GSP ‘Hand-Picked Bisping & Took Off Again’

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UFC President Dana White is not Georges St-Pierre’s biggest fan to say the least.

Earlier this week it was announced that GSP would be vacating the 185-pound title he won from Michael Bisping early last month, citing an illness that would keep him out-of-action indefinitely. Interim champion Robbert Whittaker was promoted to undisputed UFC middleweight champ and is expected to make his first title defense against ex-champion Luke Rockhold.

During the UFC Fight Night Fresno post-fight media scrum earlier this morning (Sun. December 10, 2017), White expressed frustration with St-Pierre’s actions and claimed the Canadian “hand-picked Bisping” before taking off again:

“At the end of the day, there’s a reason I put that stuff in the contract for him to sign,” White said. “There’s a reason. You know, am I shocked? I don’t think anybody’s shocked. He came out, he hand-picked Bisping, then went away again. So whatever. It is what it is.”

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When asked if he would ever consider allowing the former welterweight kingpin to return to his old stomping grounds at 170 pounds, White said that St-Pierre doesn’t want to fight any of the top names in the weight class today:

“He doesn’t want to fight anybody at welterweight. That’s why he fought Bisping,” White said. “He didn’t want to fight Woodley, he didn’t want to fight “Wonderboy” Thompson, he didn’t want to fight any of those guys. He wanted to fight Michael Bisping. He did, and now he’s off again, so – listen, I’m not shocked, I’m not mad, it is what it is.”

The UFC boss isn’t mad about St-Pierre’s reluctance to defend the middleweight throne against Whittaker, as he contractually agreed to, but he was actually expecting the move and knew it would never happen:

“I thought I would be, but I’m not,” White said. “I expected it. Listen, I had him sign a contract that said he would defend against Whittaker for a reason. Because I knew he wouldn’t.”

  • Draven

    I agree. It’s like the time GSP handpicked Nick Diaz instead of fighting Johny Hendricks.

    • Peaceful Mind

      Yes, it’s like that. And he got tha nod from tha judges against hendricks….oh wait, what? Where is hendricks today? Oh yes, he won tha title, but couldn’t hold onto it as long as GSP did….oh yes, GSP defended that welter weight title belt, and cleaned out tha division, when he held it….hendricks couldn’t even defend it for 4 years….dana white, is only upset, because his cash cow, (GSP), is not producing milk, like he did in tha past. And good for GSP. dana white is sinking tha ufc, because he has no big money names to fight for him….no puppets.

      • Draven

        and where’s GSP now? making excuses to not defend the title after he said he would all because he got a stomach cramp.

        • Kris-tyahn

          Stomach cramps?!? Such an idiot! Yeah the GOAT who has a 26-2 record, most UFC wins (yeah he’s tied with Bisping but Bisping also had 7 more fights). Most WW title defenses, most consecutive WW defenses, only fighter to have over 25+ straight rounds won, I think he ended up with 31 or 32 straight rounds won, no one comes close to that. 4th fighter to ever win a title in multiple divisions. Yeah where is GSP?!?
          What’s your resume? Send me some YouTube videos of your fights… oh you got none, that’s what I thought!!! IDIOT!

          • Draven

            u calling that grease monkey the goat? pffft he ducked a superfight with a prime Anderson Silva, humped his opponents to a point victory during his reign as welterweight champion, ducked the top middleweights and picked the easiest guy to fight in his return and now refusing to defend the title because of cramps. being the fourth dual champion means jack shit if he’s not gonna defend the title, just like bj penn and mcgregor didn’t defend the title. Pathetic!

    • doublehalf21

      Hmm idk about this one. I think he fought Johnny Hendricks right after so this isn’t the same at all. GSP has never “handpicked” opponents until this fight with Bisping. He’s literally always fought the number 1 or 2 contender in his respective division.

      • Draven

        Hendricks was already the second ranked welterweight and the next clear contender whereas Diaz hadn’t won a fight since 2011. How the hell does that make sense? GSP definetly handpicked opponents like Diaz and even as far as Dan Hardy.

        • Kris-tyahn

          He wanted to fight Diaz way before Hendricks was in the picture, do some research junior. How in the fuck did he hand pick Hardy?!? This just goes to show how little you really know about MMA. Hardy fought Mike Swick for a title eliminator b/c GSP had owned EVERY single #1 contender and there wasn’t anyone who was a true #1, so the UFC made a title Eliminator between Swick and Hardy… I guess you’ll say GSP made the UFC pick those two guys right?!? BAHAHAHAHA idiot!
          Hardy had won 7 straight before he fought GSP, not bad, considering Hendricks had won 6 before his fight vs. GSP!
          Haters going to hate, but at least know what you’re talking about. GSP wanted to fight Diaz in 2011 but got hurt, he even went to watch Diaz vs. Condit b/c he really wanted Diaz to win. GSP wanted Diaz even after Condit won, then there were morons like you who claimed GSP was scared to fight Condit… we all seen what GSP did to Condit, after being off for 2 years b/c of ACL surgery.
          GSP fought every opponent the UFC asked him to, which was 20 of 22 fighters, I think he deserved the right to choose Diaz who everyone thought was going to destroy GSP on the feet or submit him on the ground… BAHAHAHA!!!
          Hand picked Bisping?!? sure he wanted to fight a bigger, stronger man who’s been active for the last 4 years while GSP was off, and he did what Henderson, Anderson, Rockhold couldn’t… finish Bisping.
          GSP isn’t even a big WW, and he still moved up to MW to take on an even bigger opponent.
          FYI: GSP claimed Hendricks was on PED’s b/c he was told by other fighters, which is ironic since Hendricks has missed weight 3 times in 4 fights since USADA joined the UFC and one of those times was even at MW!!! Why do you think GSP offered to pay for USADA or WADA testing for him and Hendricks during their training camps? Yet Hendricks came in with excuses as to why he didn’t… it was free, so why not?!? I think of one reason.
          p.S try and keep up or let the adults talk about MMA, while you go color.

          • Draven

            Blah blah blah blah … too long to read!

          • Adam Richard Corrigan

            You mean you couldn’t handle the truth spelled out in English.

          • Draven

            When u don’t have paragraphs and just spewing nonsense in one long sentence, nobody’s gonna read it.

            That’s the way it goes here. You may want to keep up slowcoach!

          • Adam Richard Corrigan

            Decided too reword the F@ggot to slowcoach then? I suppose anyone that doesn’t agree with your stunted, idiotic view point needs to be attacked. Doesn’t bother me, I’m secure in my sexuality and wouldn’t see being gay as an insult anyway. There was no nonsense in what was said, just because it was more than your minimal concentration could handle(can’t even concentrate enough to write ‘you’ so you put ‘u’ instead.) I managed to read it easily enough and everything said was true.

          • Draven

            Yawn … again you’re spewing nonsense like the other guy. Get back to me when u got something remotely interesting to add.

          • Adam Richard Corrigan

            I hope you think you’re clever, nobody else does. Have no valid argument so pretend to be disinterested. What have you added that was interesting?

          • Draven

            What have you added that was interesting? I speak nothing but facts.

            Deal with it. I’d school your ass!

        • doublehalf21

          GSP fought Diaz in early 2013. Diaz last win was late 2011. He fought Condit to a close decision in 2012. Going into the GSP fight Diaz was 4-1 in his last 5 fights. I don’t fully remember but I’m pretty sure injures had something to do with Diaz getting the title fight. I know he was originally supposed to fight GSP but was pulled from the fight because he missed press conferences. Nonetheless, Diaz was a big enough draw and more than capable to warrant a title fight against GSP at the time. Aside from that when has GSP handpicked anyone? Pretty sure that was the UFC call anyway.

          • Draven

            Diaz was coming off a loss and had no position to be in a title shot. He purposely skipped press conferences because that’s just what he does. Hendricks meanwhile ran thru guys like Fitch, Condit & Kampmann at the time and solidified himself as the number 2 contender and GSP avoided a fight with him by handpicking an easier opponent in Diaz over a real top contender. Make all the excuses you like but he’s not the greatest esp when he handpicks his opponents and then humps them to win decision fights. And when he does score a finish, it takes over 8 years to do so and over an average fighter.

          • doublehalf21

            The funny thing is I’m not a GSP fan at all and I agree most of his wins were boring but to say he hasn’t fought the true number 1 contenders is bs but to each their own opinion. His record doesn’t lie and the records of the opponents he’s defended the championship against at the time he fought them doesn’t either. He’s done with MMA, rightfully so.

          • Draven

            Dan Hardy wasn’t the true no.1 contender, Nick Diaz wasn’t the true no.1 contender, that’s complete utter bullshit.

        • doublehalf21

          Dan Hardy was undefeated in the UFC and was on a 7 fight win streak going into his title fight as well. Face it GSP has always fought the top guys at the time he’s fought them.

          • Draven

            Dan Hardy beat a bunch of nobody gatekeepers and noone in the top 5. He was clearly handpicked by GSP u idiot!

            Face it, your boy handpicked the easiest guy again then pissed off just to avoid fighting heavy competition!

          • doublehalf21

            Again, not a GSP fan. And at the time that he (Dan Hardy) got the title shot he was undefeated in the UFC. The name calling is unnecessary to get your opinion across. You can easily look this stuff up online “bro”. The ufc was literally running out of new contenders to fight GSP. Hendricks got his title shot as well so your opinion that he’s handpicked guys is clearly inaccurate.

          • Draven

            Getting a title shot from beating a bunch of nobodies? Hahaha. Hendricks got his title shot after GSP has nowhere else to run and hide. Fact is he ducked Hendricks and handpicked to fight as easier opponent who didn’t even earn the title shot and was coming off a loss. Clearly you’re the one who’s inaccurate.

    • OneFootFriendly

      Thats true.

      dana and the ufc have done stunt fights for a long time.
      And some of them have been fun.

      But for the length of time and all the contenders backed up behind gsp/bisping,
      this one continues to irritate me more out of all the stunt matchmaking they’ve done that I can think off the top of the head.

      If this had just gotten arranged and done quickly it wouldn’t have been so irritating to me.

  • Dadpa1

    Dana White, in the words of Oliver Cromwell. “You have sat too long here for any good you have been doing. Depart, I say, and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!”

  • doublehalf21

    Not sure why Dana White is so salty. He knew this was likely to happen if GSP won and GSP was likely to win. Fuck a contract, we’ve all seen fighters (McGregor) bend the rules so you can’t be mad at GSP for this. He clearly doesn’t want to fight the top guys and prefers “super fights/money fights” just like everyone else. He’s done enough for the sport. Let him ride off into the sunset.

    • Kris-tyahn

      Well l said! I remember when GSP “retired” after the Hendricks fight and Dana was sooo ANGRY, he said that “GSP owed him/UFC” a rematch b/c Dana knew the amount of money it would have made. but the Fertillas came out and said GSP doesn’t owe the UFC a damn thing, it was the UFC who owed GSP for everything he did for them. That was awesome!

  • OneFootFriendly

    So.

    I dont know if it was you personally or img but between both of you you created the bisping mess that begat the gsp/bisping mess that begat the gsp mess.
    You enabled the whole thing.

    Dana’s always been a self made man with self made techniques, which I respect.
    He’s not your average pencil pushing harvard bloodsucker.

    But it seems like things are getting way more wonky and out of hand now after img then they where under Dana and zuffa, which makes me suspect that img is introducing its own problems into the mix these days.

  • blackdiesel

    Dana White routinely lies and deceives fighters about being next in line, but cries when they turn the table. Didn’t he promise Woodley the fight with GSP if he won his fight? White is the biggest, lying scumbag in the fight game.

  • Shock Wave

    Dana, methinks thou dost protest too much.

  • Phoelix

    It was clear GSP would not turn down the opportunity to fight a weak champion, while jumping a long line of dangerous contenders; the only reason that happened was White’s mistaken belief he (White) would get a massive PPV payday.

    • Kris-tyahn

      They got over 1M PPV buys – which was 2nd highest of the year. How was he mistaken?!? Being off for 4 years and moving up for the 1st time against a bigger, stronger guy who beat Henderson, Silva and Rockhold, yeah I think that’s a pretty big test, bigger than any test he fought at WW. Maybe the Condit fight is close to the Bisping fight. GSP was off for 2 years and had major ACL surgery and 1st fight back is against this killer!!! However, GSP also had ACL surgery again when he was off for 4 years. Not bad for a guy who’s 36 yrs old, I don’t think any other fighter could do what he did. Take 4 yrs off and move up in weight for the 1st time, GSP is barely an avg WW for god sakes!

      • Phoelix

        GSP showed he is still an exceptional fighter and fighting Bisping was a unique opportunity to kill two birds with one stone, win a belt (jumping the line of tough contenders) and restore his image which had been blemished by the abrupt and odd departure from UFC after the Hendricks fight.

        The only reason White allowed this, is because he would again have GSP as a cash cow; anyone carefully listening to GSP’s post fight interview realized THAT would not be happening, especially in that weight class.

  • michaelchimique

    Dana white is a pathological liar. he’s the one who told Tyrone Woodley that he lost the fight due to his performance against wonderboy. Dana really needs to stop saying things on camera because he ends up looking like an idiot.

    • Kris-tyahn

      Check and Mate!

      • michaelchimique

        correction, it was his performance against Maia, when Dana said he lost the fight.

  • André Amorim

    That’s why Anderson Silva will alaeays be the GOAT!!

    • Kris-tyahn

      BAHAHAHAHAHA why b/c he fought many cans in the worst division?!? B/C he lost a decision to a guy GSP submitted after being off for 4 years? Or was it b/c he wouldn’t move up to LHW where he should have fought for the last few years of his career? Or is it b/c of his two failed drug tests since USADA came into affect?!? That’s 2 fails in 3 years since USADA, but I guess Silva wasn’t using PED’s before USADA right?!?
      Silva fought just as many WW’s as GSP… bahahahaha!
      Silva isn’t even top 5 anymore, sorry to hurt your feelings. His 2 failed drug tests and his 1 win in his last 6 fights (a gift that EVERYONE said he lost BTW to a good fighter, but not good enough to barely win a “gifted” decision against) is why he’s not top 5.

    • Draven

      I agree!