Dana White on GSP: If You Wanna Be a Man, Say it To Our Face
It was recently reported that Dana White had cut off all communicationwith the former UFC Welterweight Champion. Since then, St. Pierre has relied on interviews to let his voice be heard. He accused the Ultimate Fighting Championship of not drug testing their fighters enough citing that as one of the reasons he left.
In the middle of the UFC Fight Night 35 Post Fight Press Conference, Dana White was asked about what he thought St. Pierre said during his interviews. That’s when Dana White unleashed an unfiltered rant of what he thought of St. Pierre’s accusations.
“First of all, I don’t know if anybody remembers this but GSP said he wanted to do the extra drug testing to prove that he wasn’t on drugs. It wasn’t that he thought Johny Hendricks was on steroids or any PEDs, he wanted to do this. And just like you see in boxing like I said it was ridiculous for these guys to be doing this— first of all you see it in boxing all the time. One guy comes out and says ‘I want to do extra drug testing because I’m worried about this guy. I wanna see what’s going on,’. They never come to an agreement! This guy says ‘I wanna use this one’ that guy says ‘I wanna use that one’,” White ranted.
He continued to explain that the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) was one of the most professional commissions when it came to testing the fighter. “The NSAC is going to test them, ok? I talked about the NSAC as far as refs and commissions— they drug test. Not only did they drug test Josh Barnett for his last fight because Barnett is a guy who has been busted for PEDs before, they also made Travis Browne do it too at the same time. And the UFC paid for that!”
Dana White also touched upon the instances where the UFC leaves the country and test their own talent. “Also for him to say we’re lenient on drug testing, when we go out of the country and we regulate ourselves, we test EVERYBODY on the card. Not just the main-event. Not just the co main-event. You wanna talk about being lenient? The fight that I was scramming about that was the greatest fight I’ve ever seen (Mark Hunt and Big Foot Silva)— we tested the guys for that fight. We caught Big Foot Silva and he got destroyed. Literally got destroyed for going over the limit.” White stated. “Vitor Belfort, Big Foot Silva, any of these guys who are on TRT we test them throughout the whole camp. What we did for Big Foot was the week of the fight we took a test and his numbers were fine. He took a shot after he got tested. So, we tested him again after and his levels were through the roof and he got destroyed. He lost the win money that we gave him. He lost the bonus money that we gave him. And he’s suspended for a year.”
The UFC President finished his rant on the topic of leniency with, “So if that’s lenient on drugs… I guess we’re lenient.”
White moved on to the topic of why Georges St. Pierre would say things like this: “I mean I don’t even know what to say to it. What I heard is Georges St. Pierre is upset about some of the things I said at the press conference. 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 and he didn’t say a thing to me so the whole thing is a little weird.”
When asked if they are going to try and get in touch with the former champion, White explained that they have tried and St. Pierre won’t return their calls. “That’s the other thing, too. I’m here— I’ve been in Atlanta on planes doing all sorts of stuff. Lorenzo reached out to him and still hasn’t heard from him yet. If Georges St. Pierre wants to talk like a man, he can pick up the phone and call us or come see us face to face. But everything that he said is ridiculous.”
Dana White also tackled the accusations of the UFC being a monopoly. “And the other thing he said to me, that we’re a monopoly? Viacom is our competitor. They have a forty billion dollar market-cap. Forty billion dollars. I’m never going to see forty billion dollars as long as I live. Neither will the UFC. So, we’re not a monopoly either. Everything that St. Pierre said is a little cooky.”
Dana White finished his rant by elaborating as to why he was confused about the accusations of being lenient on drug testing made by Georges St. Pierre. “GSP has been accused his whole career. That’s why he wanted to do the drug testing. He has been with the UFC for ten years. He defended his title nine times. Have you ever seen him try to do any extra drug testing or say ‘Hey I wanna do extra. I wanna do this, I wanna do that.” Never. And this time was supposed to be to prove he wasn’t doing it. And for the record, GSP has never tested for positive for anything in his whole career. And he’s been tested ’cause most of his fights inside the UFC were title fights.”
“…The whole thing is real weird.”