Georges St. Pierre may have forfeited his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight title to go on an indefinite sabbatical following his controversial decision victory over Johny Hendricks back at UFC 167 but he's still dominating mixed martial arts headlines.
The dominant French-Canadian fighter recently revealed he was bothered "enormously" by the lack of support he was given by top UFC brass in regards to increased drug testing in the sport. Remember, he and Hendricks engaged in a fight before their actual bout inside the cage over stricter testing that ultimately fell through. In the midst of it all, UFC President Dana White called the entire ordeal ridiculous and remarked that both Hendricks and St. Pierre looked stupid for openly bickering about it.
Perhaps it's no surprise, then, that the former welterweight king was in a "rush" to get away from what he believed was becoming an increasingly toxic environment. For his part, White has kept a safe distance from it all, giving St. Pierre space to allow him to work out his issues.
Then he went in front of a microphone at the UFC Fight Night 35 post-fight press conference and absolutely went off on his former blockbuster box office attraction.
First, his opinion on St. Pierre's problem with drug testing:
"First of all, I don't know if anybody remembers this but Georges St. Pierre is the one who said that he wanted to do the extra drug testing because he wanted to prove that he wasn't on drugs. It wasn't that he thought that Johny Hendricks was on steroids or performance enhancing drugs of any kind; he wanted to do this. And just like you see in boxing, you know when I said I thought that it was ridiculous for these guys to be doing, you see it in boxing all the time. One guy comes out and says 'I want to do extra drug testing because I'm worried about this guy and I want to see what's going on.' They never come to an agreement. This guy says 'I want to use this one', this guy says 'I want to use that one'; the Nevada State Athletic Commission is going to test them, okay?
"Now, a lot of things... I've talked about the Nevada State Athletic Commission as far as the refs and the judges; they drug test. Not only did they drug test Josh Barnett for his last fight because Josh Barnett has been busted for performance enhancing drugs before, they also made Travis Browne do it at the same time and the UFC paid for that. We paid for that drug testing. Also, for him to say we're very lenient on drug testing, when we go out of the country and we regulate ourselves we test everybody on the card, not just the main event, not just the co-main event. You want to talk about being lenient? The fight that I was screaming about, yelling about that it was the greatest fight I've ever seen, Mark Hunt vs. Bigfoot Silva, we tested the guys for that fight, we caught Bigfoot Silva, and he got destroyed. Literally, got destroyed for going over the limit.
"He didn't test positive, what he did was: Vitor Belfort, Bigfoot Silva, any of these other guys that are on TRT we test them throughout their whole camp. He did his last test the week of the fight and his numbers were fine. He took a shot after he got tested. So we tested him again after and his levels were through the roof and he got destroyed. Lost the win money that we gave him, lost the bonus money that we gave him, and obviously he's not getting an extra bonus. The guy got smashed, and he's suspended for a year. So if that's lenient on drugs I guess we're lenient then. I mean, I don't even know what to say to it."
Then, what he believes the real problem is and how to fix it:
"What I heard is Georges St. Pierre is upset about some of the things I said at the press conference and he's upset that I said that he didn't win the fight, that I thought Johny Hendricks won the fight. But if that's the case, call me man-to-man. Let's talk on the phone, let's sit down face-to-face. I talked to him after the fight face-to-face (and) he didn't say any of that to me. So the whole thing is a little weird."
About St. Pierre's claim that UFC is a monopoly:
"And then as far as the other thing he said that we're a monopoly? Viacom is our competitor. They have a $40 billion market cap. $40 billion. I'm never going to see $40 billion for as long as I live. Neither will the UFC, so we're not a monopoly either."
Viacom has that, sure, but does that mean Bellator has access to that kind of money? That's a discussion for another time.
And White's parting shot:
"So, everything Georges St. Pierre says is a little kooky. That's the other thing too: I'm here, I've been in Atlanta, I've been on planes, and doing all this stuff. Lorenzo reached out to him and Lorenzo still hasn't heard from him yet. If Georges St. Pierre wants to talk like a man he can pick up the phone and call us or come see us face-to-face, but everything that he said is ridiculous."
St. Pierre has been hinting at some big projects upcoming in 2014, though he played coy on what exactly they could be and whether or not they have anything to do with MMA.
At least now he knows he can simply pick up the phone and call White if he's got anything to work out with the UFC.
You know ... if he's man enough.