GSP Calls the UFC a Monopoly
Georges has voiced his distaste for the way that the UFC has handled the improvement of drug testing as of late, saying that it played a big part in his reason for leaving the sport.
Recently, Ariel Helwani has posted translations of GSP’s comments including him stating that he he feels that the UFC has become a ‘monopoly’:
“The only thing I want to say is, I wanted to do something to help those who are honest in the sport. Believe me or not, I never took drugs in my life. I’ll take a lie detector test, I don’t care. I’m for anti-doping tests. I think it’s a big problem in the sport. This is a relatively new sport. There’s one organization that has a monopoly, so the fighters don’t have much power. They can’t really talk because if one says what he thinks, he will get punished. If we want the sport to be accepted worldwide, like baseball, hockey, football, soccer, I believe [drug testing] is the thing to do. I think it’s just a matter of time before it happens, it’s just that I tried to make it happen now. Maybe they didn’t like the idea because if I did it now, it would lead to others doing it and maybe that’s not something they wanted to happen. It disappointed me. You know that there are things I can’t say. I’m holding back. I’m a public person.”
These are obviously harsh words to the former champ’s ex-employer. It will be interesting to see how the big wigs at the UFC respond to such comments. With Dana White being as openly spoken as he is, we can be sure to hear a statement from him very soon. Georges made it known what comments Dana made about GSP’s desire to improve PED testing (which you can watch here at the UFC 167 post-fight press conference) that played a big part in Georges giving up his title and walking away from the sport.
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