Cape Town - Former UFC Welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre says the way the promotion treated him is partially to blame for him being away from the sport.
UFC President Dana White has since responded reported Nick Strickland from the MMALatestNews.com website.
After months away from media and the sport itself St-Pierre recently broke his silence on why he has not returned to the sport, Dana White and more.
According to the former champion a huge part of his decision to not come back stems from the incident after his victory over Johnny Hendricks at UFC 167 in November 2013. St-Pierre said he was not allowed to attend the post fight press conference, but Dana White told the media that St-Pierre was hurt and had to go to the hospital. This made the long-time champion angry and he said that the incident, if handled differently, would have made him return to Octagon.
In a recent interview with Off The Record, Dana White responded to what GSP has said.
“Listen, I like Georges St-Pierre, I respect him. He was never anything but class. He was an absolute class act. He took Canada to a whole new level with the sport. He can talk about why he isn't here, why he isn't doing this, or maybe he'll take six weeks -- Georges St-Pierre lost the urge to fight, and that's the reality. He lost the urge to fight. It happens. There's nothing wrong with that. There's nothing negative. It wasn't because of anything that happened with me, or Lorenzo, he lost the urge to fight. Period. End of story."
The host, Michael Landsberg, then responded to White’s comments.
"But how would you know that? You're not inside his head. You can say 'I disagree with him', but there's no facts here, right? So if he says 'I haven't lost the urge to fight', if he says 'it was in part Dana White's fault' or 'Lorenzo's fault', we can't know whether in his consciousness, that's real."
"It's nobody's fault," White retorted.
"I've been dealing with athletes since I was 19 years old, and I saw it in his face after the Johny Hendricks fight," We went backstage and we talked -- you can ask Lorenzo - I looked at Lorenzo last night, and I said GSP is done. He said 'are you crazy?' I said he's done."