Hendricks camp: VADA instead of WADA = NADA


The French Canadian site UFC/dopage-hendricks-na-pas-encore-rempli-les-papiers-4092013">TVSAports.ca recently reported that Johny Hendricks had not filled out paperwork for Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency (VADA) testing that a frustrated UFC welterweight champion George St-Pierre had requested to allay entirely baseless rumors that he had used PEDs at some point.

When asked initially if he would participate in pre fight drug testing, Hendricks agreed, and in good humor.

"Heck ya," said Hendricks in an interview with UFC Central Radio on Sportsnet 590 The Fan in July. "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."

However, Hendrick's manager Ted Ehrhardt, GSP" class="Newslink">GSP-vada-wada-drug-testing-peds-steroids">spoke to Bloody Elbow and said that the Hendricks camp was willing to submit to World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) testing, but that the VADA testing raised red flags.

"GSP asked if we would drug test," said Ehrhardt. "He didn't say VADA or anything else at first, he just asked for drug testing and Johny said, 'Of course I'll drug test.' Then he said VADA, and then it came to us that VADA is giving the testing to him for free."

"Somehow he has a relationship with VADA. I don't know to what degree, but that made us a little nervous and since we don't work for GSP, we work for the UFC, and we're fighting in Nevada, so they're the commission, we talked to both of them. We did a conference call with GSP's manager and trainer, the Nevada commission, UFC representative and myself, and we talked about him wanting us to do VADA."

The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) suggested using the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to conduct the testing, and apparently all parties initially agreed.

"A week later, GSP's attorney asked 15 or 20 questions about how WADA is going to test for this and that, how are they going to move the tests, how are they going to do this, a ton of questions," said Ehrhardt. "He wanted to have predetermined times. It's not random if you know when they're coming. He had questions about what they test for, and that's another red flag. Why do you care what they test for, if you're clean, you're clean? We didn't ask one question. We were just ready to test WADA, that's what we wanted to do, and he didn't want to."

NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer offered further details, in an interview with MMAJunkie.

"They were asking, 'Well, what do you test for?' My answer is always the same: We test for prohibited substances as listed on the WADA list," said Kizer. "(They said), 'Well, what does that mean? Does that mean HGH, does that mean this, does that mean that?' Yes, it means it all. The answer then should have been, 'OK.'"

"Basically, they said we want to know all the tests you do so Georges' medical advisors can vet the test first before we decide.

"I said, 'I will take that as a no. We will let you know if we're going to do any testing on our own. Goodbye.'"

"(GSP's Attorney) actually had the gall – this Rodolphe (Beaulieu) guy – (to say), 'Well, no, that's not what we meant. We're happy to do it once we get this additional information, but I'm going to be done for the next seven days, and I'm unavailable via cell phone or email.' It's like, whatever dude. It was so ridiculous. But I don't hold any of that against Georges St-Pierre. As far as I know, he doesn't even know about these things."

"I don't know if it's just his people being overly aggressive, or trying to act as agents of VADA – I have no clue, and I don't care. But when an athlete's representative is basically saying, 'Well, he's interested in perhaps doing enhanced testing, but we need to know – and more importantly, his medical advisors need to know – all the ins and outs of the testing before he'll agree to it,' that's a no. That's a refusal, and that's fine."

So the GSP camp is going through with VADA testing on their own. Both fighters of course remain subject to testing by the NSAC, which has conducted surprise tests in the past, most notably on UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem, who was tested, caught, and suspended during an unannounced test prior to a press conference in April of last year.

St-Pierre and Hendricks fight at UFC 167, on November 16, live on PPV from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.


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in_different site profile image  

9/9/13 7:36 PM by in_different

I speculate that you love black cock :)

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9/9/13 7:28 PM by time traveling 12er

I'm not sure asking questions about what's being tested for is that suspicious. When guys get busted for stuff they didn't know was banned don't people always tell the athlete that it was their responsibility to make sure? Seems like simple due diligence to me and appears kind of dirty for Kizer to air that out. Now any fighter that wants to be responsible and check what's being tested for has to worry about the head of the AC spilling their business in the press.

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9/9/13 1:15 PM by HenryO

Just like Bonds and Armstrong was speculation

Glovegate site profile image  

9/9/13 1:10 PM by Glovegate

This is just pathetic.  I've owned you enough. Get back to work, Mike.  Stop wasting your employer's time.

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9/9/13 1:09 PM by Glovegate

"Can you not see it as odd when his lawyers are declining to take more tests until they know exactly what will be tested for and when?" I don't see where they declined.  They just asked a question. Post all these accusations please.  There must be thousands if it's been "years and years and years".  Can't wait to read the 2 you manage to find after digging and digging for them. "Keep strawmanning though. Deflect from the topic of the thread and bring in other non-related fighters. Its cute. " Says the guy whose favourite response to things he can't counter is to attack the poster typing them. "This last statement is adorable. No sir, it is NOT normal for clean men to be insanely dominant at 38 years old....that is what makes Anderson so special. (as far as we know, as he has never been caught using roids, nor has GSP) " Anderson is the one special guy.  Everybody else is a cheater.  Got it.

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9/9/13 1:05 PM by Glovegate

Why do the research if you can ask a supposedly trustworthy official a quick question and have him tell you, in 2 seconds, yes they test for all the same stuff?  Seems like it's just a fast way to put your mind at ease.  I can find the answer to any economics question I have on the internet, but if I'm sitting in front of an economist and having a conversation with him, why not just ask it now?   You're not supposed to really know anything about that situation.  You typically don't anyway.  I just find it funny that when it comes to GSP, who has never failed a test, is willing to take any test at all, opted for more testing when he did not have to (something which, to my off the top of the head knowledge, your golden boy has never done), was willing to pay for his opponent's testing if it came to that and whose only real transgression in this situation is having a lawyer who asked a question you jump in with snarky responses to people about how they're whiteknighting for the guy and implying a negative GSP spin has any traction here whatsoever. But when Anderson trains with, and has, even now, as a fellow member of his fight team, a proven roider, you've got absolutely nothing to say except deflection and attempts to turn it around on me and refocus attention by claiming I'm obsessed.  You make me laugh, dude.  You're just hilarious, is all.  It's insanely easy to make you angry and you're one of the least objective people on this board.  All I have to do is type a couple of little sentences, like I did above, and you explode. And the way you casually dismiss that you find speculation to be out of the question when it comes to Anderson but perfectly acceptable when it comes to others is comical.   And that you can read this "We have nothing to hide and nothing to prove," he said. "(Extra) testing does us no good because if GSP does fail, he doesn't get to fight. We can't get the belt. So we have everything to lose, nothing to gain here. All we want to do is make sure GSP shows up with the belt." and the the rest of the story and not come down on GSP's side is amazing.  You just laugh at people defending him and call the whiteknights. Laughably hypocritical. Grade A entertainment.  I've enjoyed owning and upsetting you.   And again, it's hilarious that you find it so easy to believe that a 30 year old who lately can't finish his opponents has been roiding but a 38 year old man who still destroys guys at or near their physical prime is clearly not, no, absolutely out of the fucking question and anyone who says that must be a hater of Anderson or lover of someone he beat. LOL @ you.  Once again, you've proven yourself not worthy of talking to me.  I think maybe I give you too many chances.  You're not learning.

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9/9/13 12:53 PM by Colboyo

So GSP is taking extra tests and Hendricks will not?

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9/9/13 12:41 PM by UGCTT_iPray2bLaidByWeidman

  This last statement is adorable. No sir, it is NOT normal for clean men to be insanely dominant at 38 years old....that is what makes Anderson so special. (as far as we know, as he has never been caught using roids, nor has GSP)    Only one of them has been accused, for years and years and years, of taking PEDs by fellow fighters and many others. That guy then wants to prove he is clean, by his own choice, by volunteering to take more tests... Can you not see it as odd when his lawyers are declining to take more tests until they know exactly what will be tested for and when?   Keep strawmanning though. Deflect from the topic of the thread and bring in other non-related fighters. Its cute. 

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9/9/13 12:40 PM by 2JupitersTooMany

Do you take drugs, Danny?

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9/9/13 12:37 PM by UGCTT_iPray2bLaidByWeidman

Yes, an enhanced WADA program, and the banned substances for WADA are public and searchable. If one knows they are not taking anything banned by WADA (same list the NSAC uses iirc), there should be no need at all to ask what specifically is being tested for. None. If you are not taking anything banned by WADA (and NSAC who follows thier guidelines) there would be absolutely no reason to be concerned with what they are testing for.    How the hell am I suspposed to know what Anderson knew about a teammate using PEDs? What kind of idiotic strawman is that? You're so desperate that you resort to that nonsense? So now, to you, knowing a teammate was on PEDs is somehow comparable to being on PEDs? Even IF he knew about JZ (despite them not training together all the time at all), what the fuck does that have to do with thise thread? Oh yeah, nothing....you're just a desperate little boy who needs to try and "get" me whenever I post about anything you disagree with.