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GSP Cites UFC’s Lack Of Support On Drug Testing As Reason For Leaving

Ever since Georges St-Pierre first announced his plans to take a hiatus from the sport of MMA, the tension between the former welterweight champ and the UFC has been exponentially growing. And on Tuesday, GSP added a little more fuel to the fire, admitting that one of the main reasons he decided to vacate his welterweight strap last month was the lack of drug testing support he received from the UFC, prior to his title defense against Johny Hendricks.

It bothered me enormously,” St-Pierre said while being interviewed in Montreal.

That’s one of the reasons why I stopped fighting. Not really to teach them a lesson, because that would also punish me. I wanted to do something for the sport. I love the sport. I see the direction it’s going, and I don’t think it makes any sense. This is stupid.”

The video of the interview – which has been posted on RDS.ca – shows GSP answering a plethora of questions about his decision to leave the sport of MMA for the foreseeable future. GSP seems more than willing to answer any and all questions, but when a reporter starts to prod the former champ about the drug testing issues he was presented with prior to the UFC 167 bout, “Rush” let it all out.

I tried to do something to change the sport,” he said. “Unfortunately, there were other people, for different reasons, maybe for money, in fear of losing money, because if you canceled the fight because someone tested positive there are millions of dollars [lost]. Also, the sport’s image … If you start testing everyone, how many will get caught? I don’t want to say in public because I don’t want to accuse anyone, but the sport’s image will be hurt.

Don’t forget, I have internal information. I’m an athlete. I know what goes on, so that disappointed me greatly.”

The only thing I want to say is, I wanted to do something to help those who are honest in the sport. Believe me or not, I never took drugs in my life. I’ll take a lie detector test, I don’t care. I’m for anti-doping tests. I think it’s a big problem in the sport.

This is a relatively new sport. There’s one organization that has a monopoly, so the fighters don’t have much power. They can’t really talk because if one says what he thinks, he will get punished.

If we want the sport to be accepted worldwide, like baseball, hockey, football, soccer, I believe [drug testing] is the thing to do. I think it’s just a matter of time before it happens, it’s just that I tried to make it happen now. Maybe they didn’t like the idea because if I did it now, it would lead to others doing it and maybe that’s not something they wanted to happen.

It disappointed me. You know that there are things I can’t say. I’m holding back. I’m a public person.”

But it wasn’t just drug-testing talk this week. St-Pierre also announced on Tuesday that his “GSP Foundation” will provide six athletes a total of $15,000 a year, for three years, to train in karate, taekwondo, boxing, wrestling, fencing and judo. St-Pierre has always been a fantastic ambassador to this sport, and this just further shows his passion for MMA and it’s future.

And what about HIS future, when it comes to the sport? It seems that GSP wants to return to competition, but will remain steadfast in his decision to walk away if the appropriate steps aren’t taken to rid the sport of its ever-growing drug problems.

No [one] wants to talk about [drugs in MMA], but I think we need to talk about it. It’s a problem.

I wanted to remain diplomatic, but unfortunately there were people who weren’t ready to change things. I’m certain it’s a question of time. And maybe if things change one day, I’ll return.”

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8 Comments to GSP Cites UFC’s Lack Of Support On Drug Testing As Reason For Leaving

  1. Jen says:

    I am a huge GSP supporter. He was and is a great fighter. I also agree 100% about drug testing….DW is too afraid to step up because UFC would lose money. I have complete respect for GSP and his decision and I hope for the sake of the fighters they decide on testing. All other sports do…is this not a real sport? I thought it was….

    • BrainSmasher says:

      GSP is full of shit. First Hendricks agreed to testing that GSP wanted. But the problem was GSP wanted a weaker test that he was in partnership with. Hendricks wanted the testing done by a group that is widely considered the best and most strict that isn’t buddy buddy with GSP. GSP refused! I also don’t believe GSP is clean. He has never looked clean and his actions do not match that of a clean person. But who knows! But GSP is being dishonest and making himself look very bad. First he never mentioned these issues to the UFC when he met with them in person. Now he comes out saying they did this and that behind their back after claiming there was no problem. That’s not an honorable way to do things. If he would have spoke up before the fight. The UFC may have done something about it. Also we all know the real reason he is not fighting. He has always had it easy. He won fights without getting beat down in the process. Hendricks was the first opponent who beat him up and everyone knew it on paper. Now he is in a position where he has to fight him again and the only way around it is to quit. GSP is a physically tough guy. But his mental toughness has always been questionable. You have to be mentally strong to willingly step back in the cage with someone who give you a beating knowing, win or lose, you are getting another beating. Jon Jones is struggling with that same process. There was demand for a rematch with Gus and Jones did everything he could to distance himself from that fight. Knowing, win or lose, he wasn’t going to get out of it easy like he is accustomed to.
      As far as testing. It is a difficult issue. GSP talks about helping the sport. Giving the sport a black eye, canceling events days before the fights after tickets are sold and people have already flown in for the event is not fair to fans, fighters, or the UFC. It would kill the sport. GSP is looking out for himself and acting like he is looking out for the sport. His proposal for testing for his last fight doesn’t help the sport at all.

  2. Bill Corless says:

    More proof that Dana White mismanages the promotion.

  3. garciagym says:

    GSP is right, alongside the many other insiders who’ve said it… MMA is full of guys that cheat.

    If you can afford drugs that bring recovery, strength, stamina and know it won’t be tested for, know how to cycle it, know how to mask it… why not do it? Testing is so primitive that guys dope without worry. Much respect to GSP.

  4. Everythingyoudo Makesstabnggoo says:

    Hmmmm, you know actually it was frequency of testing not just who tests, but the fact is Those labs are exactly the same labs the “well known” Dana White Pocket Chemists use. either way I believe the sport needs to be revamped in drug testing. There are HONEST athletes out there and if you need the dope up to win, you’re as pathetic as the “Integrity” you claim to have. HONOR and INTEGRITY always pay the price, when money is involved. Too, it’s funny how people always agree to drug tests when they know about it, but when more is required people run for the hills and claim “it’s so and so’s fault, I agreed to do it…” Nothing to hide is nothing to hide. THAT being said I do believe it is utter BS; Champion or not, to walk away leaving the issue unresolved solely on principle and not being forced out. I thought GSP was a warrior, don’t you stay on the battlefield come hell or high water until victory or death? Guess VALUES are all shot to SH*# these days too! Having issues remembering why I fought for such weak examples of character.

  5. Xaninho says:

    I think it’s bullshit. Hendricks wanted WADA testing, and GSP wanted to use VADA. WADA is completely impartial and also does Olympic testing. VADA is not.

    GSP wants to say he wasn’t supported? If he just went for the WADA testing there would not be any problem, but for whatever reason he wanted VADA testing. On top of that GSP’s lawyers wanted to know which tests for which substances specifically would be done…..what’s the point of testing if the athletes know upfront for which substances? That way they can just take something else.

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