Georges St-Pierre says the UFC’s lack of support for his VADA drug testing leading into his UFC 167 bout with Johny Hendricks, was a contributing factor in his exit from the sport.
“It bothered me enormously. It’s one of the reasons I stopped (fighting),” St-Pierre said to members of the media. “I wanted to do something for the sport. I love the sport. I see the direction it’s going and I think it makes no sense. It’s crazy,” he said.
GSP claims there are people in power who may not want stricter drug testing.
“Unfortunately, there are several people for different reasons. Some it’s for money, they’re scared of losing money. If you cancel a fight because of someone testing positive…there are millions of dollars lost,” St-Pierre said. “There is also the image of the sport. If you start to test everyone, how many will get caught? I don’t want to say. I don’t want to talk about it in public because I’m not accusing anyone.”
The former UFC welterweight champion says he knows there is a PED problem in MMA and he is not alone with that knowledge.
“Don’t forget I have inside information because I’m an athlete and I know what’s happening,” St-Pierre said. “Most high-level athletes know who, when, where and how,” he said. “There are certain people or certain doctors that everyone goes to. It’s known. “
St-Pierre says he wanted to clean up the sport for the honest athletes but instead decided to take a leave of absence from the UFC. St-Pierre claims others are afraid to speak out because they fear punishment from the UFC.
“We’re a relatively new sport and there is one organization that controls (the sport), they have the monopoly. So the fighters don’t have a lot of power. They can’t really speak out.,” St-Pierre said. “If someone says what they think, who is honest, they can be punished. I tried to do something to change the sport to reward those who are honest. Because I love the sport and I believe in it. I believe that if we want it to be acceptable on a global level like baseball, hockey, football, soccer… I think this is the thing to do.”
St-Pierre re-affirms he has always been a drug-free athlete and PEDs have become a problem in MMA. GSP says a cleaner sport would not guarantee his return… but it might help.
“Believe me or not, I’ve never taken drugs in my life. I can take a lie-detector test. I don’t care. I am for anti-doping tests. I think it’s a big problem in the sport,” St-Pierre said. “Maybe they thought it was a bad idea because if I did it. It would have given room for others as well. That could have started something they (UFC) didn’t want.”
“I’m certain it is a question of time and one day if they change things maybe I’ll come back.”
by Dave Simon (@davesimonmma)
—Some quotes translated from French to English—