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Georges St-Pierre, Hayabusa react to Rising Sun controversy

Georges St-Pierre - HayabusaBefore this week, Dennis Hallman’s decision to wear bikini briefs to the Octagon was the biggest controversy the sport had seen relating to ring-attire. However, UFC featherweight Chan Sung Jung’s decision to express concern over the design of welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre’s gi at UFC 158 has taken things to a new level.

Jung recently posted a message on his Facebook page questioning the use of the Rising Sun on St-Pierre’s attire given the image’s association with war crimes committed by Japan decades ago. Though he never insinuated St-Pierre supported the nation’s past behavior, June simply wanted to raise awareness for the cause and definitely succeeded in that endeavor.

Both St-Pierre and Hayabusa, who manufactured the gi, have responded to Jung’s criticism, showing compassion for his pleas rather than taking a defensive stance.

“I’d like to personally apologize to anyone who was offended by this. I am very sorry, that was never my intention,” wrote St-Pierre on Facebook.

Meanwhile, Hayabusa promised to be more sensitive about using the Rising Sun logo on future products and will not manufacture replicas of GSP’s gi at UFC 158 for future sale.

“The last thing we want is to offend or alienate anyone with the choice of design on our products. We at Hayabusa have the utmost respect for culture and history and appreciate all of our customers worldwide. As such, we accept full responsibility for this design and are taking all complaints and comments very seriously,” explained the Hayabusa President Craig Clement. “Please accept our sincerest apology for any offense this has caused.”


  • climbarock says:

    I’ve got to admit I had no idea the rising sun flag was offensive to Asians. In any case, good on GSP and Hayabusa for manning up and making an apology sans excuses.

    *Golf clap*

  • soundspawn says:

    “I’d like to personally apologize to anyone who was offended by this. I am very sorry, that was never my intention,” wrote St-Pierre’s employee on Facebook.


    Good to know the guys he pays to do his social media personally apologize and are sorry. I know this is a common practice but still would it kill them to post in a less deceptive manner?

  • MCM says:

    I was gonna post he same thing soundspawn, just with more humor. 😉

  • moosebaby02 says:

    Well I guess the thinking was since Jung posted his comments on Facebook they will do in same and they did. Good on then for recognizing their lack of knowledge of their products. Pretty sure it wasn’t intentional.

  • soundspawn says:

    MCM, so long as someone else noticed that casual slip during the pre-fight conference call, I’m happy.


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