Well ladies and gentlemen, this was some groundbreaking news in the world of MMA yesterday, when former UFC Welterweight champion Georges “Rush” St-Pierre had some fascinating statements to make yesterday on Ariel Helwanis MMA hour podcast show.
This is just a quick post to give my personal take on his comments he made in this interview, and what it could potentially mean in the future.
Georges has been going back and forth with Dana White for months on Twitter about him coming back to the UFC, and there is a lot to this story which he laid out in this interview –
he started by explaining that his long awaited UFC return which many were expecting to be on the November Toronto UFC card, is not going to be happening. The reason it is not happening, is because Georges has severed his contract with the UFC due to both Georges and the UFC being unable to come to an agreement about opponent and money for his return fight.
Personally i am very annoyed about this news, because Georges St-Pierre is a legend of MMA, i grew up watching every one of his fights, so im a big fan and would love to see him compete again in the UFC. I also know people that know Georges and i have never heard any stories about him being greedy, so there is no doubt to me that what him and his team were asking for financially would likely be completely reasonable.
Georges then elaborated that a deal for his return was almost struck with Lorenzo Fertitta, but then the UFC was sold to WME-IMG, and since they have taken over, they have told Georges that the offer that Lorenzo gave him and his team was now void. the new UFC owners are not agreeing to pay what Georges is asking for, and according to Georges they are also complaining about having to spend on advertising to “re-introduce” him to the newer audience.
To me that was a really disrespectful comment to make, because Georges St-Pierre is a legend of MMA, he is 25-2 against basically 3 generations of the worlds best Welterweights, and he went on a phenomenal 11 back to back title defences. Any MMA fan that does not know who he is, is not really an MMA fan anyway, and new fans would be built from him performing in in octagon regardless.
Now during this interview Georges was very careful about the words he was using, and stated his Lawyer by name multiple times. Now for anyone who has the ability to read between the lines, it is clear that there is a lot of things that are eluded to within this interview.
The interview had a strange mixture of praise, sarcasm and scathing rivalry for Georges regarding the UFC brass. He continually through the interview states that the UFC likes to take care of its own interests, but not the interests of the fighters -A few statements he made:
“Dana White is the best promoter in the world Ariel”
“Unfortunately he is now against me because of the business interests”
“Dana White doesn’t know what it is to be a fighter – i know what it is to be a fighter”
“I have earned what i have earned because of Dana White”
“I will always stand and support fighters”
“Most fighters in UFC, they are starving, for UFC it is very easy to keep your staff starving, because they are easier to control”
“Just like with the PEDs, i have never been afraid to stand for what i believe is right”
Future Leader of a Fighters Association?
So i suggest you watch this interview in full, because now he is a free agent, he is not counting out fighting again for another promotion, or maybe the UFC. But more interestingly to me, he highlighted the fact that all the best paid fighters need to stand up for the UFC fighters that are too financially poor to say no to being exploited/manipulated for a tiny fight purse by the UFC owners financially.
He stated –
“I’m always on the fighters side, i will always support the fighter and also i will always support every and all serious initiatives that can help fighters”
“So its up to guys like me, Conor Mcgregor, Anderson Silva, Jose Aldo, guys that are bigs names, to stand for these guys that dont have options. Its inufrotunate because what we do, its not a game, i mean its very dangerous, you know alot of these guys they can come out of it because they are pursuing their dream, and alot of tehse guys, i mean a lot, most of them they will get out of this business, with they will be broke financially, mentally and physically”
I have to say that this story is very interesting, i fully support Georges St-Pierre in his decision to stand for better fighter pay, it is a commendable act from a commendable human being.
So he is a free agent now, and what myself and many others are wondering now, is will Georges fight again? If so when and where? Or instead of fighting in the cage, maybe he will be doing more legal fighting – possibly becoming a president of a fighters association along with other big name current and former UFC fighters?
Who knows, i for one think that Georges St-Pierre could now be one of the best candidates to be a pivotal part of a fighters association being set up, whos sole aim would of course be to maximise the fighters pay inline with other sports athletes.
But one thing is for sure we are not going to be seeing Georges St-Pierre in the UFC octagon anytime soon, but be sure that we will keep you up to date with any news regarding this story here at the MMA Gateway