Georges St-Pierre is done being cordial with Dana White about his UFC return. He’s completely, totally done.
For months now, the longtime UFC welterweight champion and possible greatest mixed martial artist of all time has been the subject of rumors about a UFC return. His coaches were discussing opponents for him. His training partners were saying he was ready for a comeback. Fighters were calling him out.
All the while, Dana White took every opportunity to run him down. He wasn’t hungry enough to be a great fighter anymore. He’s not good enough. He’s done as a fighter. Heck, he was never actually that great.
While St-Pierre has been completely silent on that, he finally decided to pop off during an interview with Fox Sports 1. Here’s what he had to say:
“He doesn’t know anything about me. I’m a smart guy. I’m not the kind of guy you’re going to say that (about) and OK I’m going to sign, I’m going to fight for peanuts! No, I’m a smart person, it doesn’t work on me these things. I’m going to tell him something to Dana, let me fight once and you’ll see in the first minute of the fight that what you just said is wrong.”
That basically confirms the suspicions that everyone has had about Dana’s strange approach to GSP. While Dana is historically willing to lie through his teeth about potentially lucrative fighters like Ronda Rousey, Brock Lesnar and Cain Velasquez, he has been incredibly aggressive about GSP, insulting him at every opportunity.
GSP says he isn’t taking it personally, but wants no part in Dana’s “games”:
“Let me fight Tyron Woodley then, we’ll see if I want to be world champion again. I understand what he means. I’m not angry at Dana. He does what he does for the best of his interest. I do what I do for the best of my interest. One day when all that’s over, we’ll probably be friends like most of the guys I fought. But now, it’s like a game. He’s doing his game, I’m doing mine. We work for the best of our interests. Let me fight once and you’ll see. You’ll see after the first minute, he’ll be like ‘oh yeah, he’s serious’.”
GSP has been teasing that he’s looking for a return some time around the holiday season, and is pushing for the UFC to return to Toronto. If that comes to pass and GSP can make good with the new UFC owners at WME | IMG, it will be fun to watch how that pans out, politically.
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