GSP ‘very disappointed’ with lack of UFC support for his drug testing
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, Hendricks is chowing down on wild hogs and organic deer meat, and UFC president Dana White said of the whole thing “it’s a little weird.”
Now, in an interview with the French language site lapresse.ca, St-Pierre says he is ‘very disappointed’ in the lack of support from the UFC for his drug testing efforts.
Since George St-Pierre made up his mind to submit to serious doping controls for his next fight, the Québécois feels abandoned by the UFC. The organization has shown no enthusiasm for the initiative. Worse, the UFC president has even offered veiled criticism.
“We miss the boat now,” said St-Pierre. “The only thing is that I do not know if they are willing to support me. I thought they were ready to support me, but I was disappointed, very disappointed with this turn of events.
“There are things I can not say. I do not want to get back to the UFC because it is my employer. However, I do not take journalists for idiots. They are able to read between the lines. They are able to see what happens.”
“It bothers me to fight against guys who use performance-enhancing drugs, because it is not fair. It’s a nasty difference in training, argues St-Pierre. “There are those who say: ‘Doping, it does not bother me.’ Me, it bothers me… Without accusing anyone, if there are some who do not want to do the tests, I’ll do the fighting. It will not be the first time. But it’s just that I’m getting a little tired of it.”
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