Dana White Responds to St-Pierre: “If Georges Felt That Way, He Should Have Said it to My Face”

January 16, 2014
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Georges St-Pierre Dana White UFC 167Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre recently said, in part, he vacated his belt and stepped away from fighting because there wasn’t enough effort being put into strenuous drug testing for performance-enhancing substances in mixed martial arts, apparently putting much of the blame on his former employers.

“It bothered me greatly, [and] it was one of the reasons I decided to step aside,” he said in the Canadian Press.

UFC president Dana White hadn’t said much publicly about St-Pierre’s comments until Wednesday night, and then he unloaded, seemingly befuddled by the remarks coming from his former champion.

“[It] obviously shocked when he came out and said this,” said White in a post-fight interview on Fox Sports Live. “First of all, if everybody remembers, when Georges St-Pierre said that he wanted to come out and do this extra drug testing, it was so he could prove he wasn’t on drugs.

“He didn’t come out and say, hey, I want to do extra drug testing because I think that Johnny Hendricks is on drugs. Everybody’s been saying that they think that Georges St-Pierre’s been on it for years, so he wanted to prove that he wasn’t.”

St-Pierre had proposed that he and Hendricks, beyond the usual athletic commission required drug testing, undergo additional screening by VADA (the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency). Hendricks countered with WADA (the World Anti-Doping Agency). In the end, they wound up in a stalemate resembling that of boxers Floyd Mayther-Manny Pacquiao, and undergoing the usual testing required by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

“It’s just like in boxing. They sit down and one says, I want to use this company, and then the other guy’s like, I don’t want to use that company.  I want to use this one,” recounted White. “That’s exactly what went down with the Georges St-Pierre case.

“There’s never going to be a situation where the athletic commission isn’t involved, and the athletic commission was involved in this whole thing, tried to make it happen, and at the end of the day Georges St-Pierre ended up not doing it.”

At the time that all played, White called it ridiculous, believing that the athletic commission’s testing was sufficient. He says he never tried to stop St-Pierre from undergoing additional testing if that was what he wanted to do.

“I came out and said the thing was ridiculous,” said White. “You’re never going to get two guys that are fighting each other to agree on what drug testing they’re going to do.”

St-Pierre, however, seemed to think more should have been done to support this efforts to make a change in drug testing in MMA.

“I tried to change things, and unfortunately, maybe for money reasons, maybe for image, they were not ready to do that,” said St-Pierre. “I tried to [bring about] change in a very diplomatic way and it didn’t work so it’s unfortunate, but I believe it will happen sooner or later.”

White believes that plenty is being done, and that fighters that use performance enhancers are going to get caught; maybe not the first time, maybe not the second time, but they are going to get caught.

“If you are using performance enhancing drugs in the UFC, these guys get caught,” he stated. “Maybe you’re slick and maybe you made it past a couple of [tests]… for instance, maybe you fought in one of these athletic commissions where they only test the main event or they test the co-main and main event. Then you show up at one of these international shows, people don’t realize we’re testing the entire card. You’re gonna get caught if you’re using it.”

As an example, White pointed to the recent draw between Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva and Mark Hunt at UFC Fight Night 33 in Australia. Nearly everyone – White leading the charge – declared it one of the greatest heavyweight fights in mixed martial arts history, only to have all the elation slip away when Silva tested positive for an elevated level of testosterone.

The result of the fight was changed to a no-contest on Silva’s record. The big man also lost a $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus and was suspended for nine months.

Without a regulating body in place to handle drug testing in Brisbane, the UFC regulated itself. They tested every fighter on the card, ensnaring Silva, diminishing what would have likely been recorded as the UFC’s greatest heavyweight bout to date.

St-Pierre insinuated that he was pushing for more extensive testing because, as one of the sport’s greatest stars, he had the power to do so, where other fighters may have felt they didn’t have a voice when their employer wielded the biggest stick in the sport.

“There’s one organization that has a monopoly, so the fighters don’t have much power,” said St-Pierre. “They can’t really talk because if one says what he thinks, he will get punished.”

White was taken aback by that statement, as well, pointing to Viacom-owned Bellator MMA as his company’s chief competition.

“Forty-billion-dollar market cap Viacom has.  That’s our competitor,” he declared. “We’re never going to see $40 billion ever.  Our competitor has a $40-billion market cap.

“There’s a lot of other organizations out there where guys can go,” he continued. “Are we the best?  Yes, we’re the best.  You can be mad at us because we’re the best, but it’s far from a monopoly.”

White wasn’t done there. Although talk of St-Pierre settled, unprovoked by further questioning, White had more to say, accusing St-Pierre of ironically doing to other UFC fighters, what St-Pierre claimed has bothered him for the duration of his career.

“So Georges St-Pierre, it upset him his whole career about BJ [Penn] and other fighters claiming that he was probably on performance enhancing drugs,” said White, his engines revving into a higher gear. “And then he goes out and says something like he said the other day, which he says it now about all the guys that fought here tonight, other guys who fight in the UFC.

“The thing that has bothered him and upset him his entire career, he now just threw back on all the other guys that are fighting, which is unfair to all the guys who aren’t using anything.”

White was visibly frustrated by the accusations that St-Pierre unleashed, only half-joking that the former champ was doing more interviews now that he is supposedly trying to lay low than he did when he was promoting his fights.

“If Georges felt that way, he should have said it to our faces,” said White. “He should have said it to my face. I’m not very sensitive. You’re not gonna hurt my feelings.”

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  • Ian Tulien

    GSP is a little bitch…cant finish fights, exited the ufc on reasons that dont make sense…what a horrible Ex champ the Ufc had

    • Ian Tulien

      he prob layed off the PED’s for the hendricks fight which is why he sucked…and should of lost that fight…what a douchebag

      • John Bunch

        Curiouser and curiouser is my only reaction to this. Alice had her fantasy…I suppose you have yours.

      • earlsimmons

        lern 2 troll bro. your amateur at best.

    • Brad Phillips

      fight him then tough guy

    • Big Tuna

      You are a simple fool…what a silly guy

  • Big Tuna

    Dana and the Fertitas would’ve laughed they are ped users themselves…

    • Maddawgmar

      If they are, it is inconsequential because they don’t fight. The issue, IMO, is that GSP wanted to silence critics and wanted to do so by a introducing a company that he is endorsed by. Maybe there was incentives for him if he got the UFC, maybe there wasn’t. Bottom line is UFC didn’t want anymore testing than they already have, and GSP felt the company didn’t have his back, so he walked. Kind of in a pouty kid way, like he is throwing a fit. He’ll be back, and he’ll contend again.

      • Sir_Roy

        No. The real “bottom line” is no one really knows what’s going on behind the scenes save GSP and Dana. We can all read between the lines, but not one of us really knows the “bottom” line here bud.

  • mendoza

    Dana has let vitor use for years and wouldn’t be surprised if dana doesn’t pull strings to let vitor use trt in america. If vitor did win, everyone would know hes tainted. Maybe gsp didn’t trust dana.

  • Big Tuna

    GSP is butt hurt about getting whooped by Hendricks…and Dana had Roid rage

    • Kyle Piercey

      oh, what an interesting comment

  • G35

    “If Georges felt that way, he should have said it to our faces,” said
    White. “He should have said it to my face. I’m not very sensitive.
    You’re not gonna hurt my feelings.”

    ummm DW is EXTREMELY sensitive, thats why he keeps over reacting every time his ego gets hurt……

  • King_DG

    If GSP wanted to do all these tests to show he wasn’t dirty, then why didn’t he do it years ago when he was accused by Hughes, Penn Serra and others. All of a sudden he’s all about testing, probably because he stopped using. It’s a smart strategy though, good on you Georgie

    • Sir_Roy

      While everyone you just named have been accused of doing likewise (with crybaby Penn the only exception). Oft times, the bloke who loses to someone who just plain beat them, claims foul play.

  • Mark McDowall

    Dana is putting a man who has been caught using PED’s before…and is now using another PED to help him cope with his previous PED abuse…in line for a title shot. I think that there will be an absolute poop storm for the UFC if Vitor gets a TRT exemption in this fight. Weidman has already spoken out about it and it will be very interesting to see as the story unfolds…

  • flashwins

    Dana you girl named fat faced turd

  • g

    Dana, maybe gsp thought you were irrelevant to his issues and already had his mind made up. You have been very disrespectful to gsp over the years while you brown nosed silva. I’m so glad weidman destroyed silva, just because you liked him. Maybe you can pull your nose out of trt belforts bunghole next after weidman kos him.

  • Get2DaChoppa

    Hey Dana, why don’t you say what you got to say to GSP’s face! He won’t b/c he doesn’t want to get his face caved in.

  • robc

    Why didn’t GSP confront Dana while he was actively fighting? Gee I don’t know because he knew there would be no point and that he would likely be punished as a result? GSP can say whatever he wants now as the UFC can no longer censure him for his comments. Dana is pissed because GSP is out from under the companies’ control. Dana is in damage control at this point. Rich Franklin is bitching about not making diddly, GSP is talking about rampant drug use etc. It was one thing when Tito ran his mouth, no one cared as Tito always was full of crap. Randy was potentially a lot more damaging but he still wanted to fight and eventually had to cave to UFC pressure. GSP has made his money and is now out. He is the biggest threat to the UFC from a PR perspective.

  • King Of The Spread

    You know what pisses me off the MOST!!!

    GSP – Whining – I need time away, I have no personal life, I need privacy and makes us sympathize with him.

    Then goes and puts himself in the spot light like this not even 4 months later?

    I mean hypocrisy

    • Sir_Roy

      He had one interview in Edmonton to let the fans know the reason behind his retirement. He felt he owed them as much. To elaborate more out of respect for his fan base. If you cannot make the distinction between something fairly trivial like that, and all the attention he gets – the pressure, the stress – preparing for a title fight, then you’re really out to lunch.

  • put me in the sauna coach

    “Dana..I’m not impressed by your drug testing performance”

  • justin e

    Dana just hates that there are fighters who can afford to talk bad about the UFC now. It’s healthy for the sport regardless of who is right and wrong in this situation. It’s not good for anyone but the UFC when people can’t tell the truth.

  • Best # 4 # frost back ever

    I don’t have a dog in this fight, but after a long run as possibly “the pound for pound best” the parallels between GSP and other dopers do make me wonder who is being honest. “Lance Armstrong never failed a test”….but his career was in question along the way by people he sued into silence. Now we have GSP, accused greaser and doper, although never proven…..stepping away under strange circumstances. At the end of the day is it possible that a “lazy” BJ Penn with “no cardio” was right all along. Is GSP a hero? We’ll never know if he hides. Hopefully he comes back to fight.

  • Fat Bloke

    From all the docos on GSP its clear he trains harder than pretty much everyone else in MMA to stay at the top. BJ and Diaz, etc..clearly don’t put themselves through the same physical training as GSP. As a result they haven’t developed the same athletic gifts. Its easier to accuse GSP of using PEDs than to train like he does. GSP has never tested for anything abnormal and if there was anything unusual in his past there would be at least be irregularities in his blood work over the years which is what occurred with Armstrong.

    GSP is a clean athlete who knows more than us about what’s going on behind the scenes. He didn’t accuse Hendricks of anything, but he knows any of his opponents could be using and is simply trying to come up with ways to ensure he is in a fair fight.