Georges St. Pierre has always advocated a cleaner sport, even going as far as to saying his retirement was in part due to a rampant PED problem in MMA.
In 2015, Anderson Silva and Jon Fitch have both tested positive for PEDs. Silva testing positive for 2 anabolic steroids leading up to his UFC 183 scrap against Nick Diaz, whereas Fitch tested positive for PEDs following his WSOF scrap against Rousimar Palhares.
Georges St. Pierre is not surprised by the recent string of PED busts, and claims this is just the tip of the iceberg.
While he admitted he was surprised that Silva tested positive for steroids (See that HERE), this is not the first interview St. Pierre has given speaking out against PEDs since Silva, and Fitch were busted, you can read his other interview regarding the issue HERE.
“I was not surprised that a lot of guys got busted, I’m not surprised. It’s going to be other names coming up. That what’s you guys don’t understand. If they keep doing the right testing, it’s going to be other guys coming up. I’m not a rat. I don’t want to say any names, but I want to change the system. And what it shows is now we’ve got a big problem, and they need to do something with it.”
“My desire is to make real good anti-doping testing by an independent and competent agency that would scare a competitor from using performance enhancing drugs. I don’t wish nobody to get caught for performance enhancing drugs, I wish that people just don’t use it, and they’re afraid they’re going to get caught if they do, and the sport gets cleaned up. There’s a lot of clean up to do in the sport. And I think it’s only the beginning.”
“I think it’s the tip of the iceberg to tell you the truth. I believe there’s a lot of guys who are going to get caught. A lot of fighters in MMA know it’s a big problem. The guy that knows MMA well and they are in competition, they can tell you it’s a big problem, even if they don’t want to admit it. And it’s probably the tip of iceberg. It’s a big problem, and they need to find out what to do with it.”
“It’s not like a race or a game. You put your life in jeopardy every time you step in the Octagon. It’s a fighting sport, a full-contact fight. They need to do something. They need to find a solution for the safety of the competitor. But what I wonder is, is the safety of the competitor more important than the financial [side].”
– via MMAFighting