GSP: I didn’t want to piss off anybody

Monday, October 28, 2013

GSP has publicly stated that he would be submitting to a voluntary anti-doping program prior to his UFC 167 bout with Johny Hendricks. Originally Hendricks had agreed to the same program, but then withdrew and GSP aired his grievance not only with Hendricks, but also his employeer, the UFC with their unwilligness to work with the program. St-Pierre recently spoke again to the issue, giving his side to MMAJunkie.com:

“I didn’t want to piss off anybody,” St-Pierre said. “I didn’t want to piss off the UFC or the athletic commission, I just wanted to do something good for the sport. I never wanted to make people angry.

“I thought everything was going to go well and Johny was going to come and we would do it together and it would be good and would be a new thing in the sport. It will make the sport go higher, so to speak.”

Many wonder why St-Pierre would go out of his way for additional testing when he already has a lifestyle filled with distractions.

The extra burden is admittedly a nuisance for the 32-year-old, but ultimately, he’s willing to make the sacrifice to benefit MMA as a whole, even if Hendricks isn’t, he said.

“I’m the one who fights in the cage; of course I care about testing,” St-Pierre said. “I want to have a fair fight. I don’t want to fight a guy who’s on steroids.

“I said I was going to do it, and I’m a man of my word, so I did it. Johny said he was going to do it, but he didn’t do it. I don’t accuse nobody [of cheating], but if you want to know why he didn’t do it, you’ll have to ask him.”

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