When it comes to being accused of being associated with the use of performance-enhancing drugs in MMA, former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre is a veteran. He has been accused or at least brought in to question by various opponents although he’s never actually failed a test.
He even went as far to offer to cover the bill for VADA testing for himself and Hendricks while posting photos of test results that came back negative.
St-Pierre won that bout against Hendricks in a split, albeit controversial decision, promptly announcing some sort of break in the post-fight speech with Joe Rogan.
He took to a formal press conference with UFC president Dana White to announce an official hiatus from MMA and relinquished his title out of respect to the other competitors in the welterweight division.
Since the call, St-Pierre was reportedly enjoying life outside of the rigors of training to compete at the championship level in the UFC.
That is until St-Pierre recently spoke to the media where he shared his feeling on the UFC’s drug testing policies from his perspective.
“I tried to change things, and unfortunately, maybe for money reasons or for the image, maybe we’re not ready to do that,” St-Pierre said. “Or maybe there’s a fear that everybody is going to want to be tested because a lot of people might be on drugs so the honest people want to have a fair fight. I tried to do change in a very diplomatic way. It didn’t work so it’s unfortunate but I believe it will happen sooner or later.”
St-Pierre’s words were heard by the UFC to which ZUFFA owner Lorenzo Fertitta expressed his surprise by the former champs words. “Maybe Georges didn’t understand the level of drug testing Nevada was doing. They are the ultimate authority that handles drug testing, medicals and everything else — and they are very capable,” Fertitta told ESPN.com.
St-Pierre’s stance on testing was formulated in an assumption that perhaps fighters aren’t tested due to the feat of coming up positive for PED’s, and while he didn’t name the UFC and ‘monopoly’ in the same sentence, the implications were heavy. “This is a relatively new sport,” he continued. “There’s one organization that has a monopoly, so the fighters don’t have much power. They can’t really talk because if one says what he thinks, he will get punished,” St-Pierre said.
No matter if he returns to fighting, the break he is on now seems to be just what GSP needed in his life, “I had Christmas and New Year’s with my family, something I didn’t have for a long time because I was always training. I had it with my family without stress. I was able to drink, to have fun, and I really enjoyed it.”
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