UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre has recently been talking up his stance on VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Association), an independent organization that provides “Olympic-style” testing for MMA and boxing athletes. Following an accusation from Nick Diaz that he was on steroids, GSP has decided to personally pay for VADA testing for both himself and his opponent Johny Hendricks prior to UFC 167.
This is of course in addition to the mandatory testing by the athletic commission overseeing the event.
UFC president Dana White doesn’t seem too pleased about this though, calling it “a little weird” at a recent charity event.
“We’re regulated by the government – the government comes in and does all the drug testing,” he later added. “Georges St-Pierre is one of those guys that people have been talking about [being on steroids]. B.J. Penn said he was on steroids. Somebody else said he was on steroids. And he said, ‘I’ll pay for my own VADA testing,’ which isn’t cheap and it’s a pain in the ass.”
“He doesn’t have to do it, but I guess he wants to do it,” White said. “What are you gonna do? Knock yourself out, Georges. Good luck.”
UFC 167 will take place on November 16 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. GSP will headline the event, defending his title against Johny Hendricks.