GSP: I’m a man of my word, Hendricks… changed his mind
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 however, and when it came time to test, the GSP camp insisted it be conducted through the Las Vegas-based Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA), a company which prominently features St-Pierre on the front page of its website. To Hendricks, that’s cause to question VADA’s impartiality.
A back and forth between the camps ensued, and when it ended, GSP is paying for his own random testing, and Hendricks is chowing down on wild hogs and organic deer meat.
GSP appeared recently on the 200th episode of The MMA Hour, and discussed the dispute. He began by adressed Hendricks’ fear that St-Pierre is somehow aligned with VADA.
“No, that’s not true,” said St-Pierre. “This is ridiculous. I heard what Johny Hendricks said, and he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. He was talking about WADA, he said he wanted to do WADA. W-A-D-A.”
“First, let me educate you on the subject. WADA, it’s an organization that makes the guidelines. They make the guidelines for the testing association. VADA follows the guidelines of WADA. So when he said he wanted to be tested by WADA, there is no such thing. It’s an organization that makes the guidelines.”
“A lot of people accusing me of taking steroids. In the past I always feel like it’s because people felt like I had good athleticism, so I took it as a compliment. But as time goes by I wanted to make a point. I wanted to prove to the world that you can be the world champion without using steroids. I’ve never used steroids in my life, and I wanted to make a point for myself.
“First reason is I wanted to do something good for the honest people in the sport that are fighting. And I wanted to do something good for the sport. As a champion I want to be a good role model, and as an athletic, outside the octagon my role is to elevate the sport to another level. I want to elevate the sport to a more mainstream level, and I think it’s the next step. I wanted to raise the bar and do something for the sport. I said I was going to do it. Hendicks said he was going to do it in the past, but he changed his mind. But me, I’m still doing it because I’m a man of my word.”
“I don’t want to accuse Johny Hendricks, you can ask Johny himself the reason why he doesn’t want to do it. I’m not going to answer for him. The only thing I can is this — people who want to be champion, people who want to make money, what makes you money as an athlete? It’s your brand, and how you succeed in your sport. Even if you’re brand is not good, you have a bad reputation you’re not going to make money and that sponsor is not going to want to sponsor you.
“When you say something you have to be a man of your word and do it. When I tell Hendricks I’m going to do it, I’m going to do it. That’s why I’ve made money in this sport because I have a good brand and I’m a man of my word. When I say something, I’m going to do it. It’s part of my person, to be authentic and who I am and be what I stand for.”