If you watched UFC 167 then you probably would have witnessed the epic bout between defending welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and challenger Johny Hendricks.
GSP managed to retain his championship through a controversial split decision, with many believing ‘Bigg Rigg’ deserved to walk out as the title-holder, UFC President Dana White is also one of those who believes Hendricks should be champion.
He was not happy with the comments GSP made surrounding his future, and then went on to blast the judges.
GSP stated after the fight: “I have a bunch of stuff in my life happening. I have to hang up my gloves for a bit. I have to go away for a little bit at least. That’s all I can say right now."
But his comments did not go down that greatly with Dana White, as he did not like the way he went about announcing his plans to take some time off.
“He could retire but there’s no ‘hey listen, I’m going to take a hiatus, I’m going to take a leave of absence.’ Whatever the hell it was that he was saying, that’s not how it works.
“You owe it to the fans, you owe it to that belt, you owe it to this company and you owe it to Johny Hendricks to give him that opportunity to fight again, unless you’re going to retire.”
GSP will not be retiring, but taking some time off before returning to the octagon and handing Hendricks a deserved rematch. But Dana White did not hold back when he put the boot into the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
“I gave Georges St-Pierre the third round, that’s it. Nevada is a very scary place. This is the worst commission on the planet, I am afraid to bring fights to Las Vegas. I never thought I’d say that. This is the city I live in; this is the city I love. This is the worst commission on the planet.
“This is the thing that makes people not like fights, I don’t even know what to say. I’m still blown away by it. Georges knew he lost, his corner knew he lost. Hendricks knew he won, his corner knew he won. These guys, this commission is just despicably horrible.”
Dana White also said he fears for the UFC, saying the NSAC could ruin MMA in the same way it has ruined boxing as we continue to see more and more controversial decisions in both combat sports.
“The Nevada State Athletic Commission has a lot of work to do – a lot of work to do. And it makes me sick. They better get to work, and they better figure out how not to destroy, not only the sport of boxing, but this sport, too.”
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