UFC's Dana White rips GSP for 'kooky' comments

UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre (left) and challenger Johny Hendricks pose for...

UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre (left) and challenger Johny Hendricks pose for photographs with UFC president Dana White during the official weigh-in for UFC 167 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. (Stephen R. Sylvanie/USA TODAY Sports)

DAVE POLLARD, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:54 PM ET

During his title run, Georges St. Pierre was, in a lot of ways, the UFC’s meal ticket.

But now that the former welterweight champion has taken a self-imposed break from fighting, St. Pierre has become “kooky” in the eyes of UFC president Dana White.

What’s the old saying? Out of sight, out of his mind? Well, something like that.

White tore a strip off of St. Pierre following UFC Fight Night 35 on Wednesday in Duluth, Ga., after the Quebecer said in a French-language interview with RDS earlier in the week that part of the reason he stepped away from MMA was because of lax drug testing in the sport. GSP also said the UFC was a “monopoly” and claimed the fighters will be punished for speaking out about drug testing because they “don’t have much power.”

Naturally, the outspoken and fiery White took umbrage with those comments.

“This whole Georges St. Pierre thing is shocking, weird and it’s insane,” White said at the post-fight news conference. “Everything that Georges St. Pierre said is a little kooky.”

White pointed to the recent UFC suspension of Antonio (Bigfoot) Silva as an example of the company’s stance on performance-enhancing drugs.

After a brutal five-round heavyweight bout with Mark Hunt at UFC Fight Night 33 in December, Silva tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone and was suspended for nine months. He was also stripped of his bonus money, with the Fight of the Night cash going to Hunt instead.

“The fight that I was screaming about, yelling about as the greatest fight I’ve ever seen — Mark Hunt and ‘Bigfoot’ Silva — we tested the guys for that fight, we caught ‘Bigfoot’ Silva and he got destroyed,” White said.

“He lost the win money that we gave him, lost the bonus money that we game him and, obviously, he’s not getting an extra bonus. He’s suspended for a year. So if that’s lenient on drugs, then I guess we’re lenient.

“If you are using performance-enhancing drugs in the UFC, these guys get caught. Everybody’s getting tested. You’re going to get caught if you’re using it.”

After St. Pierre’s last title defence, a shocking split-decision win over Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 in Las Vegas in mid-November, White said during the post-fight news conference that he felt the challenger had actually won the fight, a sentiment shared by many. St. Pierre, though, has maintained he won the fight.

White insinuated St. Pierre’s negative comments about the UFC were payback for a perceived slight.

“What I heard is Georges St. Pierre is upset with some of the things I said at the (UFC 167) press conference,” White said. “He’s upset that I said that he didn’t win the fight, that I thought Johny Hendricks won the fight. But if that’s the case, call me man-to-man, let’s talk on the phone. Let’s sit down face-to-face.

“I talked to him after the fight face-to-face. He didn’t say any of that to me. So the whole thing is a little weird.”


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