The title fight isn’t until November, but in the meantime, it seems Georges St-Pierre and Johny Hendricks are more than happy to let their camps duke it out over this drug testing fiasco.
The entire VADA/WADA controversy has been making headlines for weeks, but according to UFC president Dana White, it really doesn’t matter. After all, both fighters are going to be tested by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, regardless of whether or not they’re cleared by a third party.
“I think it makes them both look stupid. These guys are going to get tested by the athletic commission,” White said during the most recent FOX Sports Google Hangout.”
“This is something that Georges St-Pierre wants to prove to everybody, because for years people have been saying [he’s on PEDs]. When he fought B.J. [Penn], B.J. talked smack about him. Other people have talked stuff. The kid, not only is he another guy that’s been with us since day one, he’s never tested positive for anything even remotely close to anything bad. He’s never tested positive for anything. He’s always been a straight shooter and always professional, yet people keep talking smack about him. I just think it’s crazy for him to even do this.”
To briefly recap, this all began when GSP decided to put the rumors of his PED use to rest. He decided to personally pay for Olympic style testing through an organization known as VADA, for both himself and his opponent, Johny Hendricks. However, it soon came to light that VADA was in fact paying for some (if not all) of the testing for GSP. This, coupled with the fact that the VADA website now prominently features GSP’s presence, made Hendricks’ camp uncomfortable.
Hendricks’ reps, as well as the NSAC, recommended both fighters use an alternate organization, WADA, instead. GSP initially agreed, but suspicion was kindled when his lawyers began to ask some strange questions and make requests. Hendricks eventually just dropped the entire issue, while GSP appears to be going through with the VADA testing.
Dana White believes the entire situation is fairly pointless.
“I just think it makes everything cloudy, man,” White said. “There’s a system in place by the government for combat sports, and it’s just a pain in the ass for them.”
“They can do whatever they want. They want to do it, they don’t want to do it, I could care less.”