Dana White: GSP could be using 'smokescreen' to cover up personal issues

Boxing trainer Freddie Roach said this week that Georges St-Pierre confided in him that he was suffering from headaches and that was one of the reasons why he stepped away from the UFC. White said that's the first he's hearing about it.

Boxing trainer Freddie Roach said this week that Georges St-Pierre confided in him that he was suffering from headaches and that was one of the reasons why he stepped away from the UFC. White said that’s the first he’s hearing about it.

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If Georges St-Pierre was having headaches before fights, he never told the UFC about it, according to Dana White.

The UFC president said on FOX Sports Live on Wednesday night that GSP never spoke about migraines or his issues with drug testing when he spoke with the UFC about taking a leave of absence. White said those things could be “a smokescreen” for St-Pierre’s personal issues – which he did talk to White and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta about.

“It was a whole set of issues – personal problems,” White said. “It has nothing to do with headaches.”

Freddie Roach said this week in an interview with Fight Hub TV that GSP told him he was suffering from migraines before fights and that was one of the reasons he wanted to step away from the UFC.

It was a whole set of issues -- personal problems. It has nothing to do with headaches.

--Dana White

“He told me he had headaches and I don’t want to hear that,” said the legendary boxing trainer, who has worked with St-Pierre. “I want to get him checked out completely.”

Previously, GSP has spouted off about concerns with what he feels is a lax UFC drug policy. White has said that St-Pierre should come forward “like a man” and speak to him or Fertitta directly since he had never brought it up before.

“The crazy stuff I keep hearing back from GSP is unbelievable,” White said on FOX Sports Live.

White believes St-Pierre could be trying to cover up for some of his personal issues by bringing up these concerns. TMZ reported in November shortly after GSP said he would be stepping away that the former welterweight champion’s father was gravely ill and that he had gotten a woman pregnant and didn’t want her to have the baby.

St-Pierre has adamantly denied both those things, but did admit to having personal problems following his UFC 167 win over Johny Hendricks when he vaguely said he was going to pack it in for awhile. A few weeks later, GSP announced it officially and he was stripped of the welterweight title.

White said St-Pierre detailed the personal issues to him and Fertitta, but he won’t reveal what they are because St-Pierre doesn’t want them out there.

“GSP has never publicly said the real reasons why he stepped away from the UFC,” White said.

St-Pierre and his camp have been contacted by FOX Sports repeatedly, but have chosen not to comment.

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