When the decision was read at UFC 167 and Georges St-Pierre was awarded a victory over Johny Hendricks by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) judges, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White was not a happy man. In fact, the decision sparked a passionate rant in the post-fight press conference.
White called for the Nevada Governor to step in and make changes to the NSAC leadership. He also made the mistake of saying that St-Pierre owed the fans and promotion a rematch with Johny Hendricks after the champ stated he wanted to take an extended hiatus from the sport to deal with some personal issues.
While almost everyone agreed with White that the wrong man was holding the championship belt, the UFC boss was criticized by media for saying that a fighter "owed" the promotion anything. Especially he'd later tell media in a scrum that he'd never try and stop a fighter from retiring.
A week later and it seems like cooler heads have prevailed.
St-Pierre's trainer, Kristof Midoux, spoke with the Quebec Journal and stated that not only did White reach out to St-Pierre to offer an apology for the statements made in the post-fight press conference, but also to say that after rewatching the bout, he now believes that St-Pierre was rightfully given the decision.
"Few people know it, but the next morning he (White) called George and told him, 'I'm sorry, I watched the fight again and you have indeed won. I spoke under the influence of emotion.'"
However, for Midoux, a private apology isn't enough. In his mind, the only way to really to put the bad feelings aside would be for White to publicly apologize to St-Pierre as well as test Johny Hendricks for performance enhancing drugs (PEDs).
"If I were him, I would ask for a public apology from White, who should say to the media that George has really won the fight. Second, I would tell him to send people to test whether Hendricks is natural or not. At this point, it would show me that he is a good boss and he does things as they should be done. "
Midoux is clearly out of his mind if he thinks that White will publicly apologize to St-Pierre. While he was wrong to speak so passionately, he was clearly wound up by fans and friends who tweeted and texted him about the fight being a robbery.
And Midoux's request for Hendricks to be tested is legitimately hilarious. Literally the funniest thing I've heard today since all drug tests came back negative from UFC 167, and as we know, unless there is a positive test, everyone is clean.