White: I’m confident that GSP will come back

Monday, November 18, 2013

In the cage immediately after a split decision win over Johny Hendricks was announced, UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre seemed to indicate he might be done fighting, citing undefined personal issues. At the post fight press conference, GSP repeated the remarks, heightening concern that the sports biggest PPV draw might be done.

However, at the post fight media scrum White said he had talked with GSP, and thought everything would be OK.

“I’m in a better mood now,” said UFC president Dana White after the pair met post fight, as transcribed my MMAMania. “[We talked] about his problems and his problems aren’t as bad as he thinks they are. I’m not Dr. Oz, or whoever that guy is, but Lorenzo is still in there talking to him. We’ll get through this. I’m confident that he will come back. One of the things that makes Georges as great as he is, is that things drive him crazy.

“Little things drive him nuts… like the whole obsession thing he was talking about. He’s obsessing over something else right now that he thinks might be the end of the world now but it’s not. He got his ass whooped tonight, whether that was it or it wasn’t, I don’t know. I wasn’t being harsh, it’s reality…

“He probably should have bit his tongue, but he didn’t. And he knows that. Like he said, he just got his head punched in. He said he didn’t know what round it was, that the fight was over when it was over. He was hurt badly, hurt badly. How anyone can score that fight where they think he won… that kid is hurt. He’s hurt right now. His face is busted up, his head isn’t right. He got beat up tonight. I think everything is fine and go just like it always does.”

“How long has Georges been here … eight, nine years? This is the first time Georges St. Pierre had a problem. It happens, he’s a human being…. He was very emotional about some s— that was going on with him right now and it’s really not that bad, but to him it’s bad, it’s the end of the world. He’s mentally strong guy, he’s a hard-working guy, he’s an honest guy. He’ll work it out.”

So what do you think UG? Will GSP be back? And who does he fight next? Immediate rematch with Johny Hendricks? And how would that go a second time?