Georges St. Pierre (25-2) hasn’t fought in two years now but rumors are quickly circulating that the former longtime UFC Welterweight Champion will return soon. However Georges recently talked to The Globe and Mail from Canada to address a lingering issue that has plagued the sport of MMA.
Anderson Silva had failed a drug test where results were dispersed following his last bout against Nick Diaz after winning a unanimous decision. However GSP doesn’t fault Silva but more the design of how the situation is taken care of.
“I feel very sad for Anderson Silva,” said GSP. “I don’t want to talk about one individual, I want to talk about the system. The system is a big problem in the sport of mixed martial arts … It’s something that I believe the UFC and fighters should confront and deal with it. Because if you don’t deal with it right now, it’s going to get worse and worse and worse.”
“I believe the athletic commission is doing a much better job now that it did in the past because they do random testing. But they still have a lot of room for improvement.”
GSP goes on to make comparisons of how he feels about PED’s in MMA.
“The fight should be canceled because it’s cheating, it’s a biological weapon that you have,” said GSP. “If I fight someone with a knife and the promoter and the organization know I have a knife. I’m bringing a knife into the fight, they should not let me fight because I’m carrying a weapon.
“A performance-enhancing drug is the same thing, it’s a biological weapon. It’s an advantage that you have over your opponent that you should not be able to compete with. Because you put the health of the competitor in jeopardy. We’re not playing golf, we’re not racing, we’re fighting. Every time we fight we put our lives, our well-being in jeopardy.”
GSP last competed in 2013 winning a 5 round split decision title defense against Johnny Hendricks at UFC UFC 167. That bout marked his 9th defense of the belt and St.-Pierre retired shortly after.
Silva defeated Nick Diaz in a 5 round decision at UFC 183 before his usage of PED’s prior to the contest were brought to light, it was Diaz’s last fight since GSP had beaten him in another title defense at UFC 158.