Hendricks camp: It kills us if GSP fails PED test

Thursday, September 19, 2013

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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