Former MMA star Georges St-Pierre confirmed Tuesday that UFC President Dana White would not allow him to fight Oscar De La Hoya in a boxing match for Triller.
St-Pierre divulged the information in an interview with Mick Joest of Cinema Blend:
"I understand that Dana didn't want me to fight. However, it would have been fun. Because my career as a professional fighter, to become the best in the world in mixed martial arts, is done. I'm turning 40 years old tomorrow; I'm going to be 40 years old. It's a young man's game. However, to rather fight a boxing match under the rules that Triller put on against the legendary Oscar De La Hoya? For me, it would have been a dream come true, because he is my second favorite boxer of all time, behind 'Sugar' Ray Leonard.
"Plus, a lot of the money made would have been given to charity. So it would have been for a good cause, just to show that we don't take ourselves too seriously. And it would have been serious competition because you say, I play basketball, I play hockey, but you don't 'play' fighting. It would have been fun."
While St-Pierre is retired from MMA and has not fought since UFC 217 in 2017, the 40-year-old remains under contract with UFC, which is why he needed approval from White in order to box De La Hoya.
Per Damon Martin of MMA Fighting, White was recently asked about Triller while addressing the media and made it clear he has an issue with the company:
"Oh my god, don't even ask me about these idiots. Who gives a s--t? Does anybody give a s--t? I don't give a s--t what they think. You think I care what Triller thinks? I don't even take their calls. This idiot calls me everyday. Texts me every day, 'Please answer my call, please talk to me, why won't you talk to me?' Cause I don't give a f--k about you. Do your thing. Leave me alone. F--king do whatever it is you’re doing. Knock yourself out. I could care less."
White seemed to be referencing Triller CEO Ryan Kavanaugh, who took to Instagram this week and called for White to let St-Pierre fight: "Dana White, if we are a 'joke' and you don't give a s--t, than approve GSP to fight. We will donate $250,000 to a charity of your choice if you approve the fight, as the deal is ready to close pending ONLY your approval."
St-Pierre is a bona fide UFC legend, as the Montreal native owns a career professional MMA record of 26-2 and has twice won the UFC welterweight title, in addition to holding the UFC middleweight title once.
Among the big names GSP has defeated over the years are B.J. Penn, Carlos Condit, Nick Diaz, Johny Hendricks and Michael Bisping.
Meanwhile, the 48-year-old De La Hoya is a former junior lightweight, lightweight, welterweight, light middleweight and middleweight boxing champion who is 39-6 with 30 wins by way of knockouts.
De La Hoya has beaten the likes of Julio Cesar Chavez, Pernell Whitaker, Hector Camacho, Arturo Gatti and Fernando Vargas, and he has also squared off against Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Bernard Hopkins and Shane Mosley.
De La Hoya has not fought since 2008, but he has been training for a return fight under the Triller umbrella.
With Mike Tyson enjoying so much success in his return exhibition fight against Roy Jones Jr. and Triller making waves by promoting fights involving Jake Paul and Logan Paul, there is a great deal of momentum behind the company.
De La Hoya vs. St-Pierre would undoubtedly make headlines, but unless White gets on board, there is no indication that the fight can happen.