Elite sports worldwide have a Performance Enhancing Drug issue, and mixed martial arts is no exception. MMA in North America is run by government State, Provincial, Tribal, and Municipal athletic commissions which conduct a large amount of drug testing, but some fighters want even more.
UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre says he is will subscribe to Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency (VADA) drug testing in order to send a message to fellow athletes that you do not need drugs in order to be the best.
“I believe the sport has a problem now,” St-Pierre told Showdown Joe Ferraro."
“When I first started fighting in mixed martial arts, it didn’t have any money. So, now more money got involved, more ways are there to be cheating to take a shortcut and I believe VADA testing I’m up for it and I invite my opponent to do the VADA testing for the championship fight.”
“I invite if possible all the high-profile athletes in the UFC to do the same. I believe it’s a good thing. It’s a bit of a pain in the butt sometimes but I believe to make the sport (better) … I’m ready to do it to set a good example.”
For his part Hendricks is more than game, but offered a warning.
"Heck ya," said Hendricks in an interview with UFC Central Radio on Sportsnet 590 The Fan. "The worst thing that they're going to find is a little bit of protein in my diet. If eating wild hogs and organic deer meat and a little bit of glutamine is bad for the ol' system, then I might fail."
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