White: Reports I apologized to GSP are false


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.


tags: UFC   Dana White   GSP   Georges St-Pierre (detail)  


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12/2/13 12:56 PM by Internet

Call me a Dana fanboy or whatever, but all of you calling out for Dana to step back and stop representing the UFC so publicly are out of your fucking mind. Dana's been the best thing for the sport. I know you'd prefer him to be a monotonous, suited-up business-cunt with no personality, but we've already got one Jon Anik. He actually provides some genuine entertainment outside the fights and I enjoy hearing his straight-talking verbal hammerfists. So despite this GSP fiasco (I personally think GSP should do whatever the fuck he wants because he's a champion and a hero) I still think Dana is the best possible face for the UFC right now and I'm going to enjoy all his future swearwords.

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12/2/13 1:32 AM by WoodenPupa

The emperor just can't handle any criticism. His entire life is now condensing into a bitter snarl.

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12/2/13 12:40 AM by Thacommish

politically correct combat sports promoter, breath of fresh air?

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12/2/13 12:35 AM by 56sav

I don't think GSP is going to be able to take the title back from Hendricks.

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12/1/13 12:45 PM by SamboMMA

Agreed. Where has this guy been? The roided foul mouth buffoon is a fake persona. The real Dana White is "gosh, golly and gee wilikers Joe." scrawny nerd that afraid to open his mouth during the early UFCs.

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12/1/13 11:44 AM by Chiron

I agree. I definitely don't always agree with what Dana says, and I think sometimes he says lies/half-truths, but he's less full of shit than a lot of athletes, coaches and executives in other pro sports who spew a bunch of cookie cutter answers. Gotta give Dana credit where credit is due.

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12/1/13 11:39 AM by Chiron

No they didn't. GSP fans are really stoopin to low levels with these delusions. Look at the polls and even after a rewatch the majority of people still saw that Hendricks won, as did the vast majority of fighters. But I do like your name. lol

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12/1/13 11:37 AM by Chiron

I think so. But Dana also made it clear he didn't blame GSP for the decision, he blamed the judges. People are acting like he's directing all of this at GSP when that isn't the case. All he expects of GSP is to choose to either keep defending the title or retire and that's a perfectly reasonable expectation of someone holding the belt. A lot of people have just become sensitive sallies, especially many GSP fans. It was obvious Midoux was making stuff up so I'm amazed people bought into it.

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12/1/13 11:27 AM by kelby

I don't really care if dana apologized. as a president of ufc he should keep his opinions on who won to himself same thing with joe is a commentator. they sound bias. THEY ARE NOT REFS.

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12/1/13 11:04 AM by Glovegate

In this day of fake bullshit he's a breath of fresh air?Are you kidding me? How many times have we found out something Dana has said is actually complete bullshit? He's the king of bullshit, as far as this sport is concerned.