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Thursday, Jan 16, 2014

Dana White Responds to GSP: “The Whole Thing is Shocking”

UFC President Dana White

By FCF Staff

Georges St. Pierre has made it be known he isn’t happy about the UFC’s current stance on drug testing, and now the promotion’s president Dana White has fired back at the former champ.

While speaking to the French media recently in Montreal, GSP admitted that he was bothered “enormously” by the UFC’s decision to not back the WADA accredited testing he underwent last year.

On the FOX Sports 1, post-UFC FN 35 program, here is some of what White had to say about St. Pierre’s recent comments.

“I’m shocked. When Georges St-Pierre said he wanted to do the extra drug testing, he wanted to do it to prove he’s not on drugs. I’ve heard he’s mad at me that I said I thought Johny Hendricks won the fight. Be a man and talk to me face-to-face. If GSP wants to talk to us like a man he can pick up the phone and call us. This came out of left field. The whole thing is shocking.”

When St. Pierre announced his intention to undergo additional testing, and challenged Hendricks to do the same, White argued that the athletic commission’s testing is stringent enough. At one juncture, White criticized St. Pierre and Hendricks for the dispute they had, over which additional testing program to utilize.

St. Pierre (photo via UFC)


While discussing the issue with the media, GSP relayed that his decision to walk away from fighting after UFC 167, was in part due to the sport’s current stance on drug testing. The 32 year-old fighter also argued that the UFC is a monopoly, and as a result, fighters are afraid to criticize the promotion.

“That’s one of the reasons why I stopped fighting,” St. Pierre told the media earlier this week. “Not really to teach them a lesson, because that would also punish me. I wanted to do something for the sport. I love the sport. I see the direction it’s going, and I don’t think it makes any sense. This is stupid.”

While discussing St. Pierre’s contention that the UFC constitutes a monopoly, White told FOX Sports 1:

“Viacom is our competitor and has a 40-billion dollar market cap. That’s our competitor. We’ll never be that big. There are a lot of other fight companies out there. Are we the best? Yes. But it’s far from a monopoly.”

The UFC President was referring to the fact that Viacom is the parent company of Bellator. The promotion is widely considered to be a distant competitor to the ZUFFA owned UFC.


posted by FCF Staff @ 11:30 am
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