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Dana White responds to 'crazy' comments from Georges St. Pierre, suggests ex-champ using 'smokescreen' to hide personal issues

If Georges St-Pierre was suffering from bad headaches, he never told anyone at UFC, according to his former employer.

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There are two sides to every story.

One of them happens to be "crazy," according to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White, who's struggling to understand why his former welterweight champion, Georges St-Pierre, is yapping to the media about a litany of issues that eventually led to his indefinite leave of absence.

Especially considering they don't jive with the story he originally told White (via FOX Sports Live):

"The crazy stuff I keep hearing back from Georges St-Pierre is unbelievable. No, Georges St-Pierre never complained to us about headaches. Georges St-Pierre has never publicly said the real reasons why he stepped away from the UFC for a year. When he sat down with Lorenzo [Fertitta] and I it was a whole different set of issues, personal problems. It had nothing to do with headaches or drug testing or anything else that's been said. Not only did he tell us it was personal issues, he told us what the personal issues were. I have no idea [why he keeps complaining]. I don't know if he's just trying to draw a smokescreen to what he's really dealing with and doesn't want to publicly talk about [it]? I don't know. What Georges St-Pierre told us in private I would never repeat. He can get as kooky as he wants to get and say whatever he wants to say, but I would never repeat what he told us."

It's in the vault!

To be fair, the revelation that St-Pierre was having chronic headaches came from his striking coach, Freddie Roach, and not the man himself. "Rush," however, was indeed blathering on about the inadequacies of drug testing in mixed martial arts (MMA), though it was likely not enough to cause him to jump ship.

Not when he has a mountain of personal issues to climb.

Whether or not the ex-champ finds himself back in the Octagon later this year -- or ever -- remains to be seen, but that is likely to be an awkward phone call if and when it does happen. Then again, in order to have a phone call, you must first pick up the phone.

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