Lorenzo Fertitta: GSP Is A Great Champion, He Doesn’t Owe Us Anything


UFC president Dana White has been rather adamant in his recent demands concerning Welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre. White believes the champ owes Johny Hendricks an immediate rematch, but there is no official announcement about GSP’s next move. Some feel that White has been too harsh in the longtime champ.

Putting out any potential fires, UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta spoke up at today’s MMA regulation press conference in New York to clarify exactly what the promotion is thinking in regards to GSP’s peculiar situation:

“I think that Dana was misunderstood. And I think hopefully he’s trying to clarify that. GSP doesn’t owe us anything. Obviously, if he chooses to retire, then so be it. He will retire and become a champion, someone that everyone will look up to as one of the great champions in the UFC.

If he decides to fight again, then great. I think, where the confusion was, when Georges never communicated anything to us prior to the fight relative to that he may be making an announcement. I think Dana said that he had talked to him and he said, ‘No, everything is fine.’ Then after the fight, the announcement that he made was very vague.

And I think what Dana was trying to say was that, either you’re retired or you’re not, right? We just can’t put the UFC belt on the shelf for an undefined period; basically put it in limbo forever.” – via MMA Mania

The CEO makes an excellent point in pointing out that while St. Pierre should be respected as a great champion, it is unfair to hold up the Welterweight division for an undetermined amount of time. And St. Pierre’s announcement was indeed very vague.

He said he needed time off to attend to personal issues, but when a litany of possible problems arose, they were all shot down. Yesterday GSP tweeted a photo of himself enjoying life on a beach somewhere.

If there are no truly pressing issues, then that’s great. No reason to hold up what is one of the most stacked divisions in all of MMA. Fertitta showed a ton of class by saying that GSP doesn’t owe them anything, a stark contrast to White’s position of the last few days.

But the fact remains that St. Pierre won an incredibly controversial split decision at UFC 167. If his head is still in the fight game, one has to think that GSP will simply not allow his last fight to end with such debate.

  • Lorenzo Fertitta for UFC president! The man is full of class, well-spoken, and doesn't come off so abrasive and hormonal like Dana White.

    Dana completely threw (yet another) UFC champion under the bus after UFC 167. While I respect what Dana White has done for the sport, I seriously regret so much that he does and says. GSP definitely does not owe anyone anything, and he certainly does not deserve to be slandered and talked down upon by Dana White.

    • yea im sure the owner would like to step down to president and make 10% of what he's currently worth

    • without a persona like dana white, the ufc wouldn't be there where they are right now. he's polarizing and honest to his bone and that's what makes his comments so value. though, he's sometimes a ****.

      • Honest? Really?

        • Not sure how this got posted under your comment..Wasn't meant to be. I weak myself for morning grogginess.

      • look, we all know lorenzo is a business man, we all know hes a old school gangster. he knows his ways of words, really what he meant to say was, dont make him put cement shoes on GSP!

      • You forgot to mention 2 faced, contradictory, and crappy to fighters in general when he doesn't get his way. Im sure I could think of more.

        • I replied to PKVMT and it threw my reply under DeeJays..trippy.

          • you can go on with that list quite a while…i summed it up to being a d!ck sometimes…

      • Did you really just say Dana White is honest?

        • It wasn't my morning grogginess! It's putting all my replies to PukeVomit (lol, funny name), under here for some reason

    • Dana is Dana… In one ear and out the other. On the other hand when Lorenzo speaks, people listen.

    • I could not disagree more with your statement more. Sure Fertitta can play good and bad cop well, but he's part of the problem and really is no different than Dana White. He owns the UFC and by allowing dana to call people publically F A G G OT and C U N T and P U S S Y. It's sends the message he condones this behavior because I am sure he's aware of it. This is not too mention the way Dana publicly treats and handles people .

      Let's think about the tribute and UFC hall of fame. The tribute left out, KEN AND FRANK SHAMROCK, and a few other Dana has PERSONAL issues with and the UFC HOF includes people like BONNAR and GRIFFIN and excludes Frye, Shamrock(s) etc…How can UFC HOF be taken seriously? Fertitta allows this to go on….

      Personal feeling should NEVER interfere with business and Dana can't separate the two. That's not how a president of a org should conduct themselves.

  • Wow i wish Lorenzo spoke more often

  • GSP is a damn good well rounded fighter, but he was shocked himself that he got the decision….just as I was shocked to see Jacks Teller took out Clay Morrow!!! SONS iS THE SHIZNIT!!!!

    • I don't think when he spoke he was trying to hold up the division. My impression was that he was giving up the belt. Dana was just having a temper tantrum because he saw millions walking away in the rematch.
      Lorenzo is pure class and had to put the smack down on the bald child because he was trashing one of the classiest most professional fighters in the UFC. I think Dana's time needs to be done.

  • Finally someone spoke like a boss.

  • I think Dana was fine after the fight. He said any fighter has the right to retire and he supports that but a fighter can't out the belt on hold (say – for a year). I took him to be saying that if GSP took a prolonged break he would have to give up the belt.

    I don't have a problem with that.

    • Yea, but listen to the full post fight conference. He was prematurely throwing GSP under a bus before he even had things cool down. He could have bypassed all the drama by saying "I'll talk to GSP later, he's emotional, Im sure things will be fine" end of story. Good to see Lorenzo saw he needed to step in.