UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre and interim title-holder Carlos Condit have agreed to out of competition drug testing prior to their UFC 154 bout in November. In the words of St-Pierre’s chief trainer, Firas Zahabi, “If Rory can do it, then why not Georges? Why not, let’s do it.”
Zahabi was speaking with SportsNet, referring to the fact that MacDonald and B.J. Penn have agreed to take part in tests with VADA (Volunteer Anti-Doping Association) prior to their fight at UFC on FOX 5. GSP is also on board with Zahabi’s suggestion, stating, “You can’t be against virtue. If you have nothing to hide there is nothing wrong with doing additional testing such as VADA, Olympic-type testing, etc. I don’t condemn the athletic commissions but you can’t be against additional testing. If Carlos wants to do it, I am more than willing to go with VADA.”
Jon Fuller, founder and publicist at Full Athlete Marketing who represents Condit, assured SportsNet the “Natural Born Killer” was absolutely in favor of anything that would uphold the integrity of the sport, but with one caveat.
“Carlos is obviously interested in upholding the integrity of the sport. He would be more than interested to submit to testing, but we’d prefer to do it via the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) because we feel they are the most reputable drug testing organization in the world,” explained Fuller.
The only thing left for the two camps to decide is who exactly will be running the tests (VADA/USADA) and who will be paying for it. However, money shouldn’t be an issue in this case as the pair will be unifying the two welterweight titles. The two are set to meet on November 17 in Montreal.
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