The UFC is Afraid of GSP

So there I was at UFC91 in Las Vegas.

A break in the action so I make a dash to grab some peanuts, beer and a sausage (seriously, can’t the MGM stock some pizza or something other than peanuts and giant pretzels?).

As I walk up the stairs the cameras are flashing, the crowd is rising to their feet and I think, wow, finally I am getting some recognition for my work in the publishing field of mixed martial arts.

Image of GSP - UFC 91 - courtesy of thesun.co.uk

 

I waved, smiled, stopped while they took photos and genuinely felt loved. Then I heard someone in the crowd say “get out of the way idiot, GSP is right behind you!”.

Turning around I concluded they were right, there was George St. Pierre walking up the stairs behind me to get a pretzel.

I had watched six fights to that point. The promotions in between fights were filled with marketing of the BJ Penn and GSP upcoming rematch January 31st in Vegas.

BJ Penn was in attendance and had been shown on the screen countless times that evening along with 50 Cent, Anderson Silva and many of the stars that lined the MGM floor seats.

But GSP? Nope. Not once. No mention of him even being at UFC 91.

GSP and I were shown on the screen at UFC91 to our adoring fans the exact same number of times – zero.

And yet you could not have had a stronger positive crowd reaction for anyone as GSP made his way up those stairs last weekend.

So what is up? Why is the UFC downplaying GSP in press conferences, advertising, and at live events? The answer is easy – he snubbed his nose at the UFC and signed with the professional sports agency CAA. In an attempt to capitalize on his success in the cage, GSP has signed on with the agents that represent guys like David Beckham and Derek Jeter. Same path that Randy Couture went down with different agents and one can only predict that if GSP’s popularity continues to grow and should he be able to put on a performance for the ages against Penn, will undoubtedly land him in Dana White and the UFC’s crosshairs just like Randy experienced.

There are fingers crossed in the UFC head offices that BJ Penn can take down GSP in January and stem the tide of the UFC superstars headed to top ranked sports agents looking to upset the financial applecart in favour of the athletes.

Until then, GSP will just end up standing in line with the rest of us for a pretzel as the UFC downplays one of their top stars.

9 COMMENTS
  • fdss says:

    They showed GSP right after the Gabriel Gonzaga / Josh Hendricks fight.

  • mymothersjoggingpants says:

    GSP is 100% pure, not from concentrate. Dunse is alergic to the sun.

  • Air Guitar says:

    I didn’t see GSP on the screen either. If he was beside Wand, then they must have been showing a shot of Wand and GSP just happened to be caught in the picture. I agree, there are going to be serious contract disputes between Dana and GSP’s big time agent. If Affliction becomes a serious competitor it wouldn’t surpise me to see GSP leave UFC.

  • mymotherspants says:

    We all know where the buffalo roam.

    We’re told it’s a pot of gold.

    GSP and then some.

  • Bulgin86 Gay Lover says:

    GSP is not gonna get knocked out by that fat lil lazy Hawaiian and as for the UFC would be a pretty dumb move to lose one of the best fighters in the world.

  • yourmother says:

    he was shown on the bigscreen u dumb fuck, sitting beside wand, fuck u are a serious newb

  • Air Guitar says:

    Happy New Year

  • Bulgin86 says:

    knocked out dont think there is such a thing as kocked out lol

  • Bulgin86 says:

    dude, i couldnt stop laughing at that first bit… i hope gsp gets kocked out!!!!!!

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