Canadian MMA pioneer Kristof Midoux took Georges St-Pierre under his wing when the UFC welterweight champion was only 16, and has served as a mentor since.
Immediately after GSP's split decision victory over Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 earlier this month, the champion made ambiguous remarks about needing time off, maybe forever, citing unnamed personal issues. This is turn spurred UFC president Dana White to remind St-Pierre that as champion he can retire, but cannot shelve the title for an indeterminate period of time, while he sorts out whatever is beleaguring him.
White said further that the thought the decision was terrible, and the the #1PPV draw in the company lost the fight.
Midoux gave an interview with the French Canadian press, saying that the next day White rewatched the fight, thought GSP won, and apologized to the welterweight champion.
"What was said and done by Dana White was not correct," said Midoux via Google translate. "It confuses some roles. White enters the octagon to put on the belt. Georges goes there to fight as if his life depended on it. Georges is a lion that has respect, and White is a buffoon without respect."
"Few people know it, but the next morning he (White) called Georges and told him 'I'm sorry, I watched the fight again and you have indeed won. I spoke under the influence of emotion.'"
"Georges told him he did not worry, he understood. He owes nothing to anyone, he fought all his life."
"If I were (GSP), I would ask for a public apology from White, who should say to the media that Georges has really won the fight."
However, in an interview with MMAJunkie, White said he never said any such thing, has not even watched the fight since, likened the 6' 1" 220 Midoux to a Kardashian sister, and defended his calling for GSP to fight or retire.
“I had heard that, but no, that’s not true,” said White. “I have not watched the fight yet.”
“I still haven’t watched the fight. This (Midoux) guy’s like one of the new Kardashian sisters. This guy pops up out of nowhere, and now he’s everywhere.”
“Realistically, I’m not forcing Georges to do anything, but Georges has to defend his title. He was off for over a year already with ACL surgery. So if people have problems with it, I could give a s–- if they like it or don’t. I don’t care what peoples’ opinions of that are.”
There is every indication that GSP will be back, he does however want to take some time off to recharge his batteries first.