Following his controversial split decision win at UFC 167, Georges St-Pierre rattled many feathers in the mixed martial arts community when he tentatively announced his retirement in a post-fight interview with Joe Rogan. No one’s feathers were more rattled than those of UFC President Dana White.
In a recent interview with SportsNet in Canada, White admitted that he may have been a little too harsh on St-Pierre at the last UFC press conference.
“There’s no doubt I had a bit of a meltdown at the last press conference, but who has said more positive things about Georges St-Pierre in the last 13 years than me?” he asked.
White’s statements implied that the reason he had a meltdown was because St-Pierre never mentioned anything to him about retirement before the fight.
“Georges St-Pierre never said to me that he is thinking about retiring, never. The retirement word never came out of his mouth. I don’t think that he’s going to retire, but I do know that he wants some time off, which is an issue. He just had over a year off for his ACL surgery.”
The UFC executive also gainsaid any rumors regarding St-Pierre announcing his retirement at TriStar this Friday.
“This thing was planned for months. He’s going to the opening of a mall and he’s signing autographs for fans. I’m not saying he might not have something to say, he might, but it’s no crazy announcement like everyone was saying earlier.”
St-Pierre, himself, has yet to comment on this issue. Also, the champ still hasn’t confirmed whether he’ll be retiring from the sport or returning to fight Hendricks in a rematch. If White’s wrong, we might find out on Friday.