The largely differences between UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and UFC president Dana White continue to air in the public arena.
GSP, 32, maintains that his indefinite leave from the sport was spurred in significant part by the less than complete performance enhancing drug testing by the government athletic commissions that regulated mixed martial arts, and by the UFC itself. White says that St-Pierre's absence is due to unnamed personal problems, and that the French Canadian will be back.
GSP appeared recently on The MMA Hour, and says that not only was PED test a concern, but that he discussed it with White.
"I said it even before when I met with them," said St-Pierre as transcribed by MMAFighting. "This, I swear. I met them after my fight with Johny Hendricks when I went in the back. I said that to them. I said it to them, I swear on myself and my family.
"So when they say I never said it, that I said it publicly before I said it to them, I said it to them first."
"I have personal issues. And also the drug testing has something to do with it. This is the truth. I said it first. And I cannot use the kind of language I would like to use, in the way that I told them, because I did not use the right language, very nice language when I said that to them. I made references to very bad things and I cannot tell you the way that I said it because I never want to accuse one individual.
"They were not surprised. I don't believed they were surprised. I told them and they were like, ‘oh, you think so?' I was like, yeah, I know for a fact.
"Lorenzo is a good person. Lorenzo understands that it's true. I believe the problem is not the UFC, it's the system. It's a new sport, and the last thing I want is to hurt the UFC. I just want to elevate the sport. I think it's the next step for elevating the sport, that it should be done.
"The system is not in place. There are no guidelines. The way they test now, it's not good. It's not good the way they test. If you get caught on steroids right now, it's because you're very disorganized. It's so easy to beat the test. It's ridiculous. It's not a real test."
"I'm part of the family in the UFC, but I want more of the UFC. I think it's something they should do because a lot of other athletes who are not interested in my sport, the first thing they say when they look at mixed martial arts is that big cliché, the stereotype, these guys all have tattoos and they take steroids.
"There needs to be random testing by an independent organization that has no interest in the money for the fight. That's how it should be done. That's how it is in any other sport," St-Pierre explained.
"If the UFC changed something, it's going to change everything, because the UFC is like Vaseline, it's like Q-tips. Now when people think about mixed martial arts, they don't even say mixed martial arts. They say UFC, because the UFC is the biggest and the most prestigious organization."
"I don't want to do anything bad to the UFC. I'm proud of the UFC, I support the UFC, and this has been really misunderstood. The reason why I came out was to help the UFC. I said it to the UFC and it's the truth."
"Me, personally, I'm not interested in coming back if there's nothing done in that regard."
"I'm not at peace to fight like this. The only thing I regret now is, this thing, I should have done it better. I should have done it before. I should have done it before this, because this has been bothering me for a long time, and I never said anything. But I should have done this long before. Because I had money. I could have paid for the VADA tests earlier. I should have done that before."
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