Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White recently had some "tasteless" comments -- according to this guy -- which were aimed at former welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, saying that "Rush" needed to man up and call him on the phone before airing out his issues with him in the media.
St-Pierre wasn't too pleased with the fact that he believed his former employers weren't backing him in his charge to increase drug testing in mixed martial arts (MMA). But according to Dana, the testing policy that's in place is more than good enough.
Still, the once-perfect relationship White and Co. had with St-Pierre seems to have hit a few speed bumps since the French-Canadian walked away from the fight game. And according to Dana, the root of all beef stems from Georges being upset at him for saying Johny Hendricks should have been the rightful winner at UFC 167.
The UFC president broke it down during a recent appearance on The Dan Le Batard Show:
"Georges is a little upset with me. Georges is upset with me because I said I thought Johny Hendricks won the fight. Let me tell you what. Who has said more nice things bout Georges St-Pierre over the last 10 years than me? Nobody, his parents don't talk about him as good as I do. So, the one time I don't think he won the fight, I'm always very honest in my opinions and what I think, and he's upset about it. But, at the end of the day, he should have picked up the phone and made a phone call. To say that we're not, first of all, Georges St-Pierre wanted to do the extra drug testing because other fighters have accused him of being on performance enhancing drugs. For the record, he's never tested positive for anything, ever. And, the guy has defended the title nine times. He wanted to do the extra testing in the Hendricks fight to prove to the other fighters he's not (on drugs). So he said, 'let's have Johny do it, too.' They both wanted to use separate companies, just like boxing, and that's never going to work out. Then he criticized us for not making it happen. They're being drug tested by the government. The government is in there testing them. We have the most stringent drug testing not only us us, but boxing, too. So his statements were crazy. Makes no sense, he's just upset at me. He's upset with me, so why he'd make those statements I don't know. I'm assuming that's why, so, he's crazy. He's way out of line there."
St-Pierre also revealed that the lack of support he received from UFC regarding his stance on drug testing was one of the reasons he opted to step away from MMA for a while.
And to this day, Georges has yet to pick up the phone and make a call to ZUFFA headquarters.
How about it Maniacs, will the recent beef between White and St-Pierre be the reason "Rush" never returns to the Octagon? Or will the two sides eventually have the long-awaited chat on the phone to square their issues away?