Georges St-Pierre is one of the best fighters to step into the octagon, and his decision to step away from the sport two years ago led to a very awkward night after UFC 167. GSP had just won a controversial split decision over Johny Hendricks and in a post-fight interview, he stated that he needed a break from the sport. This apparently wasn't something that UFC president Dana White was a fan of, and it led to a heated discussion between GSP, White, and UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta backstage while the press conference was supposed to be taking place.
I'm not going to tell you exactly what was said," St-Pierre 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."
Remember, this was two years ago - long before any drug testing deal with USADA was in place. GSP also reiterated something he recently told Chael Sonnen on his podcast - that they didn't want him at the post-fight press conference at all:
"I didn't know something bad was going on until they say 'you're not allowed to go to the press conference,'" St-Pierre said. "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."
Going even further, St-Pierre quite clearly implied that the UFC knew what was going on but weren't about to do anything about it:
"Now that I look back, I know that they knew," GSP said. "I'm not stupid, I know it's business, you spend a million dollars promoting the fight, so they lose a lot of money. it's not in their best interest to make the drug test the best possible, because they lose money if the fight gets cancelled. So I told them it might take a year, you're going to lose money for a year because a lot of your main stars, a lot of your guys, will fall and test positive, they might hurt the image of the sport. But after a year, it will put back everything straight."
St-Pierre (25-2, 19-2 UFC) is apparently considering doing a six-week training camp to see if he'd be ready to return to the sport, but nothing is set in stone yet. White doesn't think it's very likely. After these comments though, things might be even more awkward with UFC brass if he actually does make a go of it.