As much as any fighter, UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre has heard the murmurs, whispers, and flat out accusations of steroids use.
GSP has never tested positive for a PED and has urgently welcomed Olympic-style drug testing to MMA.
St. Pierre will defend his belt against Johny Hendricks in November at UFC 167 and he told MMAfighting.com that he will ante up a portion of his purse for VADA testing for both he and Hendricks.
“One reporter asked me if I would be willing to be tested. I said yes, I would be willing to be tested with VADA,” St-Pierre said. “I believe that VADA is the best anti-doping agency in the world. And I’m willing to be tested. You cannot be against [it].
“I’m ready to pay [for our testing] myself, because I’m the champion. All from my purse, I paid for the tests because I’m the champion. That’s why I’m ready, I’m ready to do it. That’s a point I want to make … I wouldn’t mind doing it for the rest of my career,” he continued. “Of course it sucks. They can come anytime, you have to give your address and then [VADA representatives come] in the morning. It sucks. But it’s my sport and it could be an inconvenience of my job, I’ll do it no problem.”
Most recently, St. Pierre foe Nick Diaz put GSP on blast earlier this year on Canada’s Sportsnet Radio.
“I believe [St-Pierre] is on plenty of steroids, and I don’t think they test around here, either,” Diaz said.”I doubt I’ll be tested. I don’t care what they’re saying or marketing to the media — and if so, he’s probably got a bottle of p–s in his pocket. I doubt they’re standing over him making sure he’s not on steroids.”
St. Pierre says he takes the accusations in stride.
“A lot of people accuse me [of taking PEDs]. For me, when they accuse me, I take that as a compliment. I believe they compliment my athleticism. I want to prove also that it’s possible to be champion without using drugs, and I know VADA is the most professional, it is the best for that.”
Do you see this as a positive step in the UFC or as a mere publicity stunt by GSP?