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Wednesday, 01/15/2014, 08:17 am

Lorenzo Fertitta Says It’s “Extremely Disappointing” to Hear GSP’s Comments on Our Drug Testing

At a media scrum on Tuesday, former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre stated that it was the fact that UFC showed little support as he attempted to improve performance enhancing drug testing in the UFC that played a large part in his decision to walk away from the sport.

GSP has also made comments about the UFC being a ‘monopoly’ in which “[fighters] can’t really talk because if one says what he thinks, he will get punished.” Ironically, Georges has always gotten flak for being a bit of a robot to the company and the poster boy for the organization.

Lorenzo Fertitta, UFC CEO, was quick to respond to Georges’ comments. He took some time with Yahoo! Sports saying:

“It was extremely disappointing to hear Georges make those comments because I don’t think any organization has embraced drug testing as we have. We have not only agreed to pay when the commission has said it wants to do enhanced testing, we’ve encouraged it. We have no problem with testing. When we serve as the commission (in areas where there is no commission), we test everyone on the card so we are thorough and there can be no claims of bias.”

He continued:

“Whatever a commission would want us to do in terms of testing, we would embrace it. We’ll do as many as they want. I think perhaps Georges’ people didn’t communicate to him in detail everything we’d do as they tried to arrange the testing for the fight with him and Johnny.”

Lorenzo’s statement seems to be a polished version of the comments made by UFC President Dana White (which Lorenzo kind of is anyway) which state that, “We’re tested by the government.” GSP wasn’t referring to commission testing, which has gotten a lot of criticism for not being effective. Dana White called GSP’s choice to find a third party for testing “a little weird” and once that testing fell through before GSP’s bout with Hendricks, Dana was quick to say that it “makes them both look stupid.” It seems that Georges had many more reasons for leaving than previously understood, and with everything that’s been said its easy to see why the former champ was offended.

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4 Comments to Lorenzo Fertitta Says It’s “Extremely Disappointing” to Hear GSP’s Comments on Our Drug Testing

  1. The Skizzle says:

    Cruz is being stripped of title there buddy. and GSP literally rfights ONCE PER YEAR! and when he needed knee surgery he fight LONCE in TWO years!! The UFC has done everything they can to cater to GSP and make sure the Golden Boy keeps his title. But not this time and the UFC has every right to say the hell with this taking a step back for awhile and stripping him to make the Welterweight division relevant.

    • iHateTrollsMarksAndStupidity says:

      are you retarded? GSP was fighting once per year because he was beating all the contenders during his championship tenure, and the division needed time to create a fresh challenge for the champion (most of the time). When he blew his ACL, he was out from december 7th 2011 to november 17, 2012, not for two years. the UFC didn’t “stripped” him. he basically quit and left his tittle vacant. are you even reading the news? dear lord, don’t let the hate to turn you into an ignorant

    • Chris says:

      You should probably look at his fights first before saying he “LITERALLY FIGHTS ONLY ONCE PER YEAR” because he “LITERALLY” fought twice a year until the year he had his injury. He got injured after his fight with Jake Shields in April of 2011, then was out for a while in rehab. Came back at the end of 2012 at the end of November to fight Condit and “LITERALLY” fought Nick Diaz 4 months later in 2013 then fought Hendricks in 2013 again. So where you see that GSP only “LITERALLY” fights once a year I have no clue? Ever since he had the belt he fought twice a year and he fought 3 times a year before he got it. So for the next time “PLEASE” do research before talking smack online where people can actually know what they’re talking about. Thank You

  2. MarcBaker says:

    I think Daneul might want a refresher in the differences between “slack” and “flak”…

    As is “Daneul is getting a lot of flak from Marc for using a phrase that means the opposite of what he’s trying to express.”

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