Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre recently appeared as a guest on Ariel Helwani’s “The MMA Hour” where he expressed his concerns about the methods used by the UFC in regards to testing their athletes for Performance Enhancing Drugs (PED’s).
Here’s what he said:
“Lorenzo is a good person. Lorenzo understands that it’s true. I believe the problem is not the UFC, it’s the system. It’s a new sport, and the last thing I want is to hurt the UFC. I just want to elevate the sport. I think it’s the next step for elevating the sport, that it should be done.
“The system is not in place. There are no guidelines. The way they test now, it’s not good. It’s not good the way they test. If you get caught on steroids right now, it’s because you’re very disorganized. It’s so easy to beat the test. It’s ridiculous. It’s not a real test.”
“I’m part of the family in the UFC, but I want more of the UFC. I think it’s something they should do because a lot of other athletes who are not interested in my sport, the first thing they say when they look at mixed martial arts is that big cliché, the stereotype, these guys all have tattoos and they take steroids.
“There needs to be random testing by an independent organization that has no interest in the money for the fight. That’s how it should be done. That’s how it is in any other sport,” St-Pierre explained.
“If the UFC changed something, it’s going to change everything, because the UFC is like Vaseline, it’s like Q-tips. Now when people think about mixed martial arts, they don’t even say mixed martial arts. They say UFC, because the UFC is the biggest and the most prestigious organization.”
“I don’t want to do anything bad to the UFC. I’m proud of the UFC, I support the UFC, and this has been really misunderstood. The reason why I came out was to help the UFC. I said it to the UFC and it’s the truth.”
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