GSP will not return to UFC until system fixes drug testing problem

March 18, 2014

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GSP will not return to UFC until system fixes drug testing problem



Former UFC 170-pound kingpin Georges St-Pierre was recently a guest on the MMA Hour and discussed the Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler fight this past weekend and other topics that surround drug problems in the sport.

St-Pierre on Lawler winning the welterweight strap:

“I just watched it as a fan, and I had a lot of fun. Personally, I think the fight went to Johny Hendricks, I believe he had rounds one, two, and five. Most people I know think that it was Lawler that won the fight. It could have gone either way. I think it came down to the first round. I believe Lawler, the rounds that he won was more decisively, he did more damage on the face, but sometimes, it doesn’t mean anything.”

MMA Hour’s host Ariel Helwani asked St-Pierre if he would be willing to step into the cage and face the newly crowned champion:

“I don’t know, that’s the reason why I (took) a break, because I don’t want to be on the radar and now people are calling me. If I come back, (there’s going to be) a lot of things to change. I talked about this, I didn’t want to make problems for the UFC, but I talked about what I wanted. It’s a big problem in the sport and I wanted these things to be done. Otherwise, I will not come back fighting.”

The former champion is quite vocal about the sport’s drug problem which he explains below:

“I never wanted to do something negative for UFC, the only thing I want is to elevate the sport. I’ve always been one of the guys that fights for the legitimacy of my sport.”

“They just banned TRT, but the thing is there’s no other sport in the world (where) they allow TRT. It’s a normal thing, it should have been done a long time ago. The problem isn’t only TRT; it’s the way they do the test. They can ban anything they want, but if they don’t test for it, it’s a problem. They have to make the tests for this.”

He believes independent drug testing could be the answer.

“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. It should be done. It’s a normal thing.”

“Rush” also stated if fighters were getting caught for cheating and using performance enhancing drugs, it’s because they were “disorganized,” since it’s “so easy not go get caught.”

Final words on returning back to the octagon:

“I’m going to decide, but now I don’t know. That’s the reason I stopped, because I didn’t know. Right now, I don’t feel like coming back right now. It’s not right for me. “

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