Georges St-Pierre is a legend who deserves all the accolades he's attained over his career, but it appears that he literally was denied one of the biggest he was ever awarded. I'm talking about the championship belt he won at UFC 167. According to his claims, at least, he had it taken in a bizarre series of events after the fight.
“I’m not going to tell you exactly what was said. But I was very pissed off and I used a lot of F words. … I was very angry, they did not support me because of the testing issues for the doping, they did not support me for the anti-doping. And I told them, why they didn’t support for this, and I didn’t understand it. I said ‘you guys need to wake up, because a lot of people are cheating, and stuff, and it’s a freaking joke. You guys are kind of protecting these guys, and it shouldn’t be like that.’ I was very angry.”
St-Pierre has been at the center of a lot of controversy throughout his career, but when you win... you win. Give the man what he deserves!
Here's what he had to say about the UFC 167 press conference which he was told he was not allowed to attend:
“I didn’t know something bad was going on until they say you’re not allowed to go to the press conference. I found that it was kind of weird, I was waiting in the locker room a long time, it was like, that was kind of weird. It wasn’t until afterwards that I realized what was going on.”
“I was getting stitched up. I don’t mind the belt, it’s a nice gift. Every time I win a new belt, I used to give it as a gift as people who helped me, The first one I won, I gave it to my mother, the second one I put in my workout place. All the other ones I win I give to people who helped me … They took the belt. It’s okay, its only material, importance is the memory I kept from it, nothing take away from me.”
Yikes. Seems like there was more bad blood between the UFC and GSP than Taylor Swift and her ex-boyfriends.
What do you think of this sequence of events that clearly kind of scarred GSP and made him feel a bit under-appreciated?
In case you missed it, here's a highlight reel from UFC 167 with GSP.