French Canadian outlet, TVA Sports, is reporting that UFC welterweight #1 contender Johny Hendricks (15-1 MMA, 10-1 UFC) has yet to fill out the proper paper work for the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency (VADA), prior to his scheduled main event bout with Georges St. Pierre (24-2 MMA, 18-2 UFC) at UFC 167 on November 16 in Las Vegas:
For now, the American has not filled out the paperwork that would give the green light to the anti-doping agency VADA to monitor drug levels by the fighters preparing for teh confrontation in Quebec this fall. Dr. Margaret Goodman, President of VADA, confirmed to TVA Sports on Wednesday that Hendricks has not taken steps to become a “member” of the organization. Meanwhile, St.Pierre is submitting as promised to doping tests. On Wednesday TVA Sports witnessed the champion submit to a check in the middle of a workout. GSP is paying for the testing out of pocket; the bill amounts to more than $20,000.
When asked initially if he would be willing to participate in VADA, Hendricks agreed, with good humor:
“Heck ya,” said Hendricks in an interview with UFC Central Radio on Sportsnet 590 The Fan in July. “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.”
However, VADA requires an eight week window for testing, meaning “Bigg Rigg” has until around September 22 to fill out and submit the paper work.
GSP likely decided to enroll in VADA testing in order to exonerate himself from past accusations from fighters such as B.J. Penn and Nick Diaz, who both stated that they thought the longtime UFC welterweight champion was on PED’s.
Whether or not Hendricks will submit to VADA testing for his fight at UFC 167 remains to be seen.