UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre just can’t seem to escape the limelight regarding his alleged use of banned substances. He recently volunteered to pay for additional testing done by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) for himself and his opponent Johny Hendricks prior to UFC 167. Unfortunately, this has only fueled additional controversy.
While both parties will undergo mandatory testing by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Hendricks’ camp has confirmed that their fighter has declined the VADA testing.
Hendricks’ manager says he is suspicious about VADA after learning that the organization is testing GSP for free, contrary to the champs’ claims that he is paying for both of them.
Reportedly, the fighters’ managers, an NSAC rep, and UFC officials set up a conference call to discuss the matter. The camps were apparently split on using VADA, or the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). St-Pierre’s camp wanted VADA testing to be used, as that organization had agreed to front some of the costs. Hendricks’ camp though was uncomfortable with the fact that VADA was more or less partnering with GSP.
NSAC director Keith Kizer also found it strange when St-Pierre’s reps asked what substances the WADA lab would test for, as well as when and who would conduct the tests.
“They were asking, ‘Well, what do you test for?’ My answer is always the same: We test for prohibited substances as listed on the WADA list,” Kizer reported to MMA Junkie. “[They said], ‘Well, what does that mean? Does that mean HGH, does that mean this, does that mean that?’ Yes, it means it all. The answer then should have been, ‘OK.'”
Eventually the two camps parted ways, with GSP undergoing his additional testing with VADA. Overall, it sounds like a giant mess, and one really has to wonder why they’re bothering with all of these extra procedures, if they’re only going to stir up more controversy.
It’s important to note though that Hendricks and St-Pierre have both undergone rigorous testing throughout their careers, and neither has ever been pinged for a banned substance.
GSP will defend his title for the ninth time at UFC 167, which will take place in Las Vegas on November 16.