UFC 167 is still months away, but Georges St-Pierre and Johny Hendricks are already battling it out. It began when GSP, hoping to dispel the rumors that he was on performance enhancing drugs, volunteered to pay for Olympic-style testing for both himself and Hendricks.
Recently, reports surfaced that Hendricks had turned down GSP’s offer. While true, the story is way more complicated than that. GSP had suggested that he and Johny Hendricks undergo testing through the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA), stating that he’d pay for the entire bill himself.
It seems GSP wasn’t being completely upfront though. As it turns out, VADA was actually paying for at least a portion (if not all) of St-Pierre’s testing. That fact made them a bit wary, so Hendricks’ camp approached the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), who suggested that the fighters go through the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) instead.
According to Bloody Elbow’s sources, an agreement was met between the two camps that WADA was the best course of action. Then about a week later, GSP’s attorney began to ask some strange questions. Among the topics he inquired on were what specific substances WADA would test for, who was going to oversee the testing, where it would be done, when it would occur, etc.
That obviously raised a few red flags with Hendricks’ camp. After all, if GSP is clean, he shouldn’t need to worry about what the tests would cover. According to Hendricks’ manager, GSP’s representatives subsequently requested the testing happens at predetermined times, instead of the standard randomized timings.
Eventually, talks broke down and Hendricks declined to undergo the VADA testing. Additionally, now that GSP is no longer paying for the WADA testing, Hendricks will no longer be participating in that program either.
It’s an astoundingly complicated narrative at this point, especially considering both fighters will nevertheless be subject to the NSAC’s testing. Hopefully the truth of the matter will emerge soon.
GSP and Hendricks are set to throw down for the welterweight title at UFC 167 on November 16. It will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and will air live on PPV.