Hendricks camp: It kills us if GSP fails PED test


Prior to their fight in March UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre was accused by Nick Diaz - with no basis what so ever - of using performance enhancing drugs (PEDs). In response, GSP offered to undergo regular independent drug testing for the 12 week camp for his next fight, and invited opponent Johny Hendricks to do the same.

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

The devil is always in the details, and when it came time to test, the GSP camp insisted it be conducted through the Las Vegas-based Voluntary Anti-Doping Association, a company which prominently features St-Pierre on the front page of its website. To Hendricks, that's cause to question VADA's impartiality.

"I don't know GSP and for him to say ‘yeah, let's go take the test over here and nowhere else that I suggested or that even the UFC suggested,' that's a little suspect to me," said Hendricks. "My career is held in his hands and here he has a foot in the door with the VADA group."

"I'm not willing to say ‘You know what GSP, you might be correct, they may not be shady, they might do it 100 percent correct. But you're talking about, I beat GSP that's millions of dollars. If I do this drug test, and they do do something to where I don't get it, now it might cost me millions of dollars, I'm not willing to risk that for GSP just to sit here and push VADA."

"My manager, his management group and the UFC and the Nevada commission, they got on the phone and they talked an hour or so. I wasn't on the conference call. We said yeah, we'll test for anything, but we don't know how deep and we don't still know if GSP is in with VADA."

"Once we found out it was a little suspect, we said, let's still do the drug testing, but let's take it a step further. Let's go to WADA, the world Olympic testing. The Nevada commission, they picked WADA, they had nothing but good things to say. ... We wanted to do WADA. When the UFC said let's do WADA, I was 100 percent ready for that."

"Then all of a sudden a week later after the conference call, I didn't know GSP was going to be doing a drug test, then it comes out that ‘Johny denied it. I said hey, you didn't even tell me you were going to do VADA. The last I heard from my management and the UFC was WADA. Then GSP just went and did VADA on his own and threw me under the bus to clear his name."

So now GSP is subjecting himself to unannounced and random blood and urine drug testing throughout his  camp, and Hendricks is eating wild hogs and organic deer meat.

And UFC president Dana White characterized the whole thing as 'crazy.'

"I think it make them both look stupid," White said last week in his Google+ Hangout chat. "These guys are going to get tested by the athletic commission. This is something that Georges St-Pierre wants to prove to everybody, because for years people have been saying (he's doping). 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. I just think it makes everything cloudy, man. 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."

So now Hendricks camp says if GSP is doping, they don't want to know.

Ted Ehrhardt, Hendricks' representative at the commission conference, said at this point said there is no good in his side's mind that can come out of testing. He said Hendricks is clean and open to testing, and Hendricks has been under no suspicion from anyone. He said St-Pierre failing would cancel the fight that Hendricks and his Team Takedown organization have been working to get for years.

"I don't know," he said regarding a potential new deal being put together for enhanced drug testing. "Like we've always said, none of this does anything for us. GSP fails a drug test, that kills us. We don't get a title fight. We have nothing to gain from drug testing."

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Cementhead site profile image  

9/19/13 11:14 PM by Cementhead

If Hendricks camp really said this..and I don't know if they really did. It would make them the biggest cock faggots there is.

Glovegate site profile image  

9/19/13 8:20 PM by Glovegate

So Hendricks won't do extra testing because if GSP tests positive Hendricks won't get to fight for the belt.  But GSP is already testing and the only one not doing extra testing is Hendricks.  So Hendricks somehow thinks if he starts doing the testing himself it will make GSP test positive? How does this make any sense?

guardbr8kr site profile image  

9/19/13 7:31 PM by guardbr8kr

I know one thing for sure, Americans were born and bred to lie and cheat.It's becoming. boring.

pegson123 site profile image  

9/19/13 6:16 PM by pegson123

Sounds like Hendricks is the only one not doing extra testing

Jesus KO'd stayrad site profile image  

9/19/13 6:04 PM by Jesus KO'd stayrad

This, I never used to care either way about him but now he seems like a fucking whinny little bitch, if he doesn't want to know about PEDS or not ten stop talking about it every chance you get.

Arse Face site profile image  

9/19/13 5:12 PM by Arse Face

Yeah, everyone is being retarded. BJ Penn did the same test for his fight against Rory (same camp as GSP) and people would have gone crazy and thrown accusations if Rory didn't except the VADA testing.You're all retarded.... VERY, VERY, VERY RETARDED.

gotmysitchpackedbyweidman site profile image  

9/19/13 3:53 PM by gotmysitchpackedbyweidman

Can you read?

bjj red belt site profile image  

9/19/13 3:52 PM by bjj red belt

I think he has bad representation. I do not think that Johny Hendricks has ever taken PED's, and you suggesting he does is a little unfair.

bjj red belt site profile image  

9/19/13 3:51 PM by bjj red belt

"There is no issue here. There is not a speck of evidence to imply that GSP has ever cheated...just empty accusations. Like others have said, the guy can't win. He tried to go above and beyond with additional testing and Hendricks has effectively side stepped and threw more accusations at him that make no sense. I'm not even a big GSP fan but this is getting ridiculous."First - replace GSP with Lance Armstrong in your first sentence and I can see an eerily similar post to what was said when the doping allegations against Armstrong started.Second - excellent use of "sidestepped", if intentionalThird - I have already stated that I could be completely wrong in my theory, I am simply being objective and putting all options on the table. Believing what one believes and not allowing for even the remote possibility that one's belief is incorrect is the very definition of ignorance. Try thinking outside the box some time, friend.