Following his contentious split decision win over Johny Hendricks at UFC 167, longtime reigning UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre indicated he might be considering retirement from professional mixed martial arts. Following those comments, UFC President Dana White was outraged.
“There’s no ‘I’m going to go on a cruise. I’m going to be gone for two years. 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. It doesn’t work that way,’” White said angrily at the UFC 167 post-fight press conference.
However, after speaking personally with St-Pierre, it appears the brash president has eased up on the French-Canadian. He showed a change of tone in an interview with MMAHeat.com.
“How long has Georges been here … eight, nine years? This is the first time Georges St. Pierre had a problem. It happens, he’s a human being…. He was very emotional about some shit that was going on with him right now and it’s really not that bad, but to him it’s bad, it’s the end of the world. He’s mentally strong guy, he’s a hard-working guy, he’s an honest guy. He’ll work it out.”
White made it clear that he believes GSP will undoubtedly return to the octagon, saying that, “…his problems aren’t as bad as he thinks they are.” White refrained from revealing what those problems actually were, nonetheless, he emphasized his point that GSP will likely return. “I’m confident that he will come back.”