Georges St-Pierre supposedly dealing with lawsuit, pregnancy

Georges St-PierreGeorges St-Pierre caused a lot of panic and speculation among fans when he said after his controversial split decision win over Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 that he needed to take a break from the sport.

“I have a bunch of stuff in my life happening. I need to hang up my gloves for a little bit,” GSP said in his postfight interview with Joe Rogan.

“I have to go away for a little bit at least. I have some personal things happening. I have to step away for a bit. That’s all I can say right now. Right now I gotta go away for a little bit.”

As soon as GSP made those comments, people tried to figure out what his “personal things” were. A lot of people figured that he was talking about personal health issues, such as brain trauma from all his fighting. But TMZ reported on Monday that St-Pierre’s father is dying and he has been derailed by that. They also said GSP learned he impregnated a woman who wants to keep the baby while he doesn’t.

St-Pierre’s younger sister told La Presse that rumors that their father is ill and dying are false. Dana White said he spoke with GSP and the fighter is denying the details reported by TMZ. Additionally, St-Pierre’s manager told the MMA Hour that Georges’ health is fine.

The latest alleged problem bothering St-Pierre is that his former manager supposedly is suing him for millions over the way their partnership ended. That’s what St-Pierre’s first manager said in a radio interview. That manager, Stephane Patry, also said GSP’s health is fine, as is his family’s.

TMZ is generally reliable with their reporting, but they might have gotten it wrong regarding the health of GSP’s father. It sounds like the story about the unplanned pregnancy might be accurate, though, as the only person to deny it was Dana White. The lawsuit with the ex-manager could be an issue too, though it’s uncertain how much that would bother St-Pierre.

Dana White: Georges St-Pierre and Johny Hendricks are on track for a rematch

Georges St-PierreWith the way Dana White felt about the judges’ decision to award Georges St-Pierre a split-decision win over Johny Hendricks on Saturday night, you can understand why he is anxious to schedule a rematch. On Monday, White said he expects that rematch to come sooner rather than later.

“As far as a rematch, we’re on schedule and I’ll have a date within a couple weeks,” White said, via the LA Times. “I feel confident that Georges is fine with that and all is on track.”

White’s comments came after a TMZ report claimed that St-Pierre will be taking a break from fighting to deal with an unplanned pregnancy and the illness of his father. Despite the fact that St-Pierre said after Saturday’s fight that he needs time off to deal with personal issues that are driving him “crazy,” White insisted that the welterweight champion was simply “in a rage” and will not be going on hiatus.

White did not name a specific date for the rematch but said UFC’s Memorial Day Weekend card in Las Vegas is a possibility.

Over the weekend, White ripped the Nevada State Athletic Commission over their scoring of the St-Pierre-Hendricks fight. He felt that Hendricks clearly won the fight and does not want his sport to be accused of fixing the way boxing has been. Again, that likely has a lot to do with why White is in such a rush to get the wheels in motion for a rematch.

Official scorecard from Georges St-Pierre-Johny Hendricks UFC 167 fight

UFC 167 scorecard

Many people felt like Johny Hendricks won his welterweight title fight against Georges St-Pierre on Saturday in Las Vegas even though GSP was awarded a split-decision win.

One of the most vocal critics was Dana White, who ripped the judges and Nevada State Athletic Commission a new one after the fight. Hendricks also thought he won the fight.

“I thought I clearly won that fight. Did you guys see the same fight that I just fought?” he asked rhetorically after the bout.

Well, after looking at the judges’ official scorecard from the fight, the good news is that the judges all seemed to be on the same page for the most part and only differed on one round. Sal D’Amato and Tony Weeks gave GSP the first round, while only Glenn Trowbridge gave it to Hendricks. All three had Hendricks winning the second and fourth, and GSP winning the third and fifth.

In his post-fight press conference, White mentioned something I’ve repeated about boxing: fights shouldn’t be scored on a round-by-round basis, but on a scale of who did the most overall damage during the fight. The rounds should just serve as a break for fighters, not as a segment where fights should be scored as a win or loss. Here’s a good comparison: do you think baseball should be scored based on how many innings a team wins, or based on the total score of the game?

Pride Fighting in Japan had the right idea. If a fight went to a decision, they judged it on a whole, not based on round-by-round. Here were the criteria:

– The effort made to finish the fight via KO or submission
– Damage given to the opponent
– Standing combinations and ground control
– Takedowns and takedown defense
– Aggressiveness
– Weight (in the case that the weight difference is 10 kg/22 lb or more)

The UFC and boxing should adopt similar rules for scoring and then they’ll get more outcomes right.

Dana White rips Nevada State Athletic Commission over GSP decision

Dana WhiteDana White blasted the judges and Nevada State Athletic Commission after Georges St-Pierre won a controversial split decision over Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 on Saturday night.

Most people had Hendricks winning the fight in a decision 48-47 (three rounds to two), but two judges scored it 48-47 in favor of GSP, while the third had it by that score in favor of Hendricks. The two won Fight of the Night honors, but GSP retained his UFC welterweight title belt.

In his post-event press conference, White blasted the judging of the fight and said the state’s government needs to step in and address the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

“I’m blown away that Georges St-Pierre won that fight. Hey listen, I’m a promoter, [St-Pierre's] the biggest pay-per-view star on the f—ing planet for me, and I still think don’t think he won that fight.

“I want what’s fair, and that wasn’t fair,” White stated.

White turned his attention to the NSAC, which has been questioned following bad decisions in boxing recently.

“I think the Nevada State Athletic Commission is atrocious. I think the governor needs to step in immediately before these guys destroy the sport like they did boxing.

“The governor needs to step in and fix the incompetence that is happening in the state of Nevada that used to be the best commission in the world. It’s absolute 100 percent incompetence and it needs to stop. I’m f—ing scared to come back here and do fights. I’m afraid of this state.”

White has always been consistent in wanting fair outcomes for his product. He knows that having an honest product that fans can trust is extremely important. That’s why he’s so upset — he doesn’t want people thinking fights are fixed. I mean who didn’t think boxing fights were fixed when the same judge who scored Floyd Mayweather-Canelo Alvarez a draw also had Timothy Bradley over Manny Pacquiao? White doesn’t want the UFC getting a similar reputation for being fixed the way boxing has.

Georges St-Pierre still thinks Anderson Silva is the best

Georges St-PierreEven though Anderson Silva lost in his last fight, Georges St-Pierre still considers him to be the best fighter in the world. The two are often mentioned in the same context along with Jon Jones as the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. There have even been calls from fans and media to have GSP and Silva meet in a superfight, though St-Pierre is unlikely to agree to that. That’s probably because of the weight difference between the two, and because of how highly GSP thinks of Silva.

“I still believe Anderson Silva is the best in the world pound-for-pound,” GSP said this week at the UFC World Tour in Los Angeles, via MMA Junkie. “It’s a mistake he made. He got beat by Chris Weidman. I believe it was a style match-up and he got caught.  I believe he’s the best in the world. Even the best can lose sometimes.”

GSP and Weidman are friends, so he was happy that his training partner got the win. But he learned a lot from the upset.

“When I saw that fight, you know, of course Chris Weidman is my friend and training partner, I was cheering for him and I thought he was going to win because the style match-up and he was very well-prepared. But it made me realize when I was watching that fight that even the best can lose sometimes.

“As much as I feel happy for Chris because it cannot happen to a better man than Chris Weidman, it woke me up to see Anderson falling like this.  As much as I feel happy for Chris, I feel sad for Anderson.  It can happen to anybody.”

St-Pierre is 24-2 and, like Silva, has a long winning streak going. He takes an 11-fight winning streak into his November matchup with Johny Hendricks. And it sounds like he will be completely on guard thanks to Silva’s stunning loss.

Nick Diaz’s camp complains about GSP’s hand wraps before fight

GSP Nick Diaz

Nick Diaz has spent the entire week leading up to his fight with Georges St-Pierre trying to get inside the champion’s head, and the trend seemed to continue in the hour before their fight at UFC 158 in Montreal Saturday.

UFC middleweight/welterweight Jake Shields, who trains with Diaz under Cesar Gracie, complained before the fight that GSP’s wraps looked “shady.”

Yahoo! Sports’ Kevin Iole later reported that Shields went to talk to UFC president Dana White at ringside. According to what White told Iole, a UFC official went to check GSP’s wraps along with someone from the commission. Diaz’s camp apparently didn’t like the way GSP’s hands were wrapped, though the commission didn’t seem to see an issue.

I don’t know what the implications are for the complaint, but Diaz may have a built-in excuse if he loses. Now we can add hand wraps and steroids to the list of complaints Diaz has against GSP.

Nick Diaz accuses GSP of being on ‘plenty of steroids’

Nick Diaz is getting reckless with his accusations against Georges St-Pierre.

The two will meet Saturday at UFC 158 in Montreal, and now there is something fresh on everyone’s minds — accusations from Diaz (pictured) that his opponent is using “plenty of steroids.”

Diaz hinted during the pre-UFC 158 press conference Thursday that GSP is on steroids. That caused an angry St-Pierre to respond.

“I’m not on steroids, man,” said St-Pierre. “I never cheated once in my life.”

“We’ll see if they test who for steroids or what,” Diaz responded.

“I hope they do. I hope they do,” GSP shot back.

“You hope they do? What, for me to test positive for steroids?” asked Diaz. “Ain’t gonna happen.”

Later in the day, Diaz did a radio interview with “Tim and Sid” on 590 The Fan in Toronto and continued his accusations.

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