Hendricks Agrees To GSP’s Challenge; Will Participate In VADA Testing
Last week UFC welterweight champion Georges “Rush” St. Pierre publicly challenged Johny “Big Rig” Hendricks to participate in a VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency) drug testing regiment leading up to their clash for the welterweight strap in November at UFC 167 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
GSP told SportNet’s Showdown Joe Ferraro, “I believe the sport has a problem now.”
St. Pierre continued, “When I first started fighting in mixed martial arts, it didn’t have any money. So, now more money got involved, more ways are there to be cheating to take a shortcut and I believe VADA testing I’m up for it and I invite my opponent to do the VADA testing for the championship fight.”
“I invite if possible all the high-profile athletes in the UFC to do the same. I believe it’s a good thing. It’s a bit of a pain in the butt sometimes but I believe to make the sport (better), I’m ready to do it to set a good example.”
Hendricks has recently accepted the champions challenge, telling UFC Central Radio on SportsNet 590: The Fan, “Heck ya.”
Hendricks continued, “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.”
All pork and venison jokes aside, VADA is the worlds most prominent and well respected voluntary drug testing agency, and has set high standards for athletes involved. Random testing throughout the fight camp of both GSP and Hendricks will take place under VADA rules, and with all the controversy surrounding PED’s in the MMA world, it is good to see top-teir athletes prove they’re competing honorably. Other notable fighters to undergo VADA testing includes the likes of our own BJ Penn, Roy Nelson, and Rory MacDonald just to name a few.
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