UFC president Dana White says he will be “super pissed” if Georges St-Pierre reneges on an agreement to fight Aussie Robert Whittaker in a UFC middleweight title unification bout.
St-Pierre won the 185-pound belt from Michael Bisping via a third round submission at UFC 217 earlier this month but has since been non-committal about his future – except to say that his contract required him to fight Whittaker and he did not intend to hold up the division.
Speaking at a media lunch at UFC headquarters, White said he had personally inserted that clause “because [St-Pierre] was jumping all over the map, ’70 [pounds] and ’85, this and that.”
White said he would be angry if the former welterweight king decided he wanted to walk away from defending his title.
“I don’t want to hear that. That’s not what I want to hear,” White said. “I want to hear he’s going to defend his 185-pound title. That’s the agreement we made. That’s the deal we made when we made the deal.”
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“I’m going to be super pissed (if St-Pierre wants to drop the title), and I don’t know where we go from there.
“Go to 170 — who’s better to fight at 170? You’ve got [Tyron] Woodley, you’ve got ‘Wonderboy,’ you’ve got [Yoel] Romero, and then you’ve got Luke Rockhold. F***ing monsters. They’re all monsters. There’s no fight that looks like, ‘Oh, maybe this is the fight for me to take.’ You looked at Bisping like he was a tune-up. You got your tune-up. There’s nothing but f***ing animals at ’85 and ’70.
“Rockhold is massive. He’s massive when he cuts weight. There’s no good options. To sit there and try to handpick people, or where you want to go and everything else, you can’t in this f***ing sport. They’re all nasty. You’re a fighter. Get in there and see who you can f***ing beat. You wanted to f***ing come back. Welcome back, it’s ugly.
“I said, ‘I’ll tell you what: You want to come in and take this shot against Bisping, I’m cool with that, but you’ve got to defend the title’.
“You can’t drop the title after the fight and then go somewhere else. It’s just, my thing is, to be the man, you’ve got to beat the man. And when the man just goes away — listen, if a guy is on a run and undefeated then wants to retire, that’s one thing. The guy retires the belt, that’s another thing. ‘Well, I’m going to drop this one and jump to 170 now,’ I don’t like it.
“That’s language in the contract. It’s in the contract.”
However, White’s insistence that St-Pierre fight Whittaker didn’t extend to him saying that he should face the Aussie at UFC 221, the pay-per-view card announced for Perth in February that Whittaker was expected to headline.
“I don’t even know if Perth is what I want for him [St-Pierre] yet, so we’re going to talk today and we’re going to figure it out,” White said.
White also shot down speculation that GSP could take a superfight against Conor McGregor, the megastar lightweight champion who has fought at welterweight in the past.
“There’s never been one discussion ever about GSP vs Conor. Ever. So that’s all internet s*** that I’m assuming got started on that side,” White said.
“Every fight with Conor is a big money fight, and Tony Ferguson is next in line. How much bigger is GSP vs Conor than Conor vs anybody?”