White: I don't think GSP will retire on Friday


Ealier this week the French language Montreal Journal said that GSP is expected to reveal his intentions about his future about his future at a press conference on Friday. The French Canadian sports press does not always let the facts get in the way of a good story. This was in fact a previously scheduled store opening at a mall, and GSP may not have anything earth shattering to say.

UFC president Dana White downplayed expectations in an interview with Canada's Sportsnet.

"He's not making any announcement on Friday," said White, as transcribed by MMAFighting. "This thing was planned for months. He's going up to the opening of a mall. He's signing autographs with fans and he's doing ten minutes with the media. People were talking about he called a press conference and all these other things.

"I'm not saying he might not having something to say in these ten minutes, he might, but it's no crazy announcement like everyone was saying earlier."

"Georges St-Pierre never said to me, 'I'm thinking about retiring.' The retirement word never came out of his mouth. Normally, when guys even think about retiring in this sport, you probably should. This isn't the type of sport where you're wishy washy one way of the other. You're either in or you're out. I don't think he's going to retire. I do know that he wants some time off, which is an issue, because he just had over a year off for his ACL surgery and recovery. We'll see. I'm scheduled to talk to Georges St-Pierre on Thursday when he gets back from his vacation. We'll see where we're at."

White also discussed the aftermath of UFC 167 last month.

Immediately after GSP's split decision victory over Johny Hendricks, the champion made ambiguous remarks about needing time off, maybe forever, citing unnamed personal issues. This is turn spurred 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 that the #1PPV draw in the company lost the fight.

Those remarks drew the ire of Canadian MMA pioneer Kristof Midoux, who took Georges St-Pierre under his wing when the champion was only 16, and has served as a mentor since. In an interview with the French Canadian press, Midoux said that the next day White rewatched the fight, thought GSP won, and apologized.

White said plainly that that did not happen.

"I know that this guy who cornered him last time, who he first saw fight, said something like I said 'I watched the fight again and thought that he won.' That's not true," said White. "I've not watched the fight again and I never said that. Just to clear that up."

White did however try to smooth some ruffled feathers however.

"Just for the record while we're on TV here in Canada, there's no doubt that I had a bit of a meltdown at the last press conference. But who's ever said more positive things about Georges St-Pierre in the last 13 years than me? Seriously. I mean if I had 475 Georges St-Pierre's my life would be very easy. My days would breeze by if everybody was a Georges St-Pierre or acted like Georges St-Pierre."

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KingofBJJ site profile image  

12/11/13 6:10 PM by KingofBJJ

"Just for the record while we're on TV here in Canada, there's no doubt that I had a bit of a meltdown at the last press conference. But who's ever said more positive things about Georges St-Pierre in the last 13 years than me? ----------------Who indeed Dana? Since GSP has only been in the ufc for 9 years.

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12/11/13 5:52 PM by nek

You gotta think if he retires it'd be a huge blow to ratings. Of the casual fans I know, the only names they really know (whom are still fighting and in contention) are GSP and Silva. A few know Jones and Chael, but not well enough that they'd make a point of it to watch them fight. GSP and Silva are sort of the last of the "old guard" from the era where MMA rose to prominence.

SQUEEZIE site profile image  

12/11/13 3:29 PM by SQUEEZIE

it doesent matter what u think! "in the rock voice w a gsp accent"

cheesesteak site profile image  

12/11/13 3:06 PM by cheesesteak

and we will see this post in a few days"Dana White never said sorry to GSP about 'meltdown'" -Underground Blog

I delivered U site profile image  

12/11/13 1:24 PM by I delivered U

GSP is calling out Anderson...watch.

crumbs site profile image  

12/11/13 12:33 PM by crumbs

Only the mma specialist media attends the post presser scrum, kinda late to the party Dana was, you don't shit on GSP to the entire world,at the press confrence where the mainstream media will report from, then change the way you act after the fact ,to the actuall mma media later on and think its going be gravy.

BigTedBear site profile image  

12/11/13 12:27 PM by BigTedBear

The thing that seemed odd was it's a GSP press conference not a UFC press conference so it would seem it's not announcing a fight etc unless his rematch is going to be his last.

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12/11/13 12:27 PM by crumbs

ya I re read what I wrote, but that's the worse part, he should have talked to GSP before the press conference, instead of walking right into the presses hand and shit on GSP.Then he talks to GSP and at the post fight, post confrence presser SCRUM (shit is confusing ) he acted the way he should have at the post fight press confrence.

YouCantHandleMyRiddum site profile image  

12/11/13 12:24 PM by YouCantHandleMyRiddum

In for later

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12/11/13 12:23 PM by Team Blackhouse Fan

He is likely talking about the scrum with the media which occurred after both the post fight pressed as well as his chat with George. Dana was more calm and admitted it himself. Also admitted he understood where George was coming from more.