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.”