On the surface there’s something humorous about the idea of a fighter who has failed two drug tests pointing the finger at an opponent who has never been popped for any banned substance. However, UFC welterweight Nick Diaz wasn’t trying to be funny last week when he accused Georges St-Pierre of steroid use and few if any in the organization were left laughing by his behavior.
St-Pierre spoke about the allegation after beating Diaz by decision in the main event at UFC 158, choosing to approach his rival’s statements as a compliment rather than an insult.
“For someone to say to me I’m athletic, I take that as a compliment. For him, in his mind to say, ‘He needs to be on steroids, he’s very athletic’ – for me, it boosts my confidence by saying that,” said the satisfied St-Pierre at the post-show press conference.
On the actual topic of performance enhancing drugs, St-Pierre explained he’d prefer to see more attention paid to weeding out fighters who use them and revealed he’d be up for submitting additional screenings himself if need be.
“Never took steroids in my life. I’m for Olympic testing in my sport. I’m up to do the Olympic test. I have no problem with that,” stated St-Pierre. “I’m not a cheater – never cheated in my sport. And I think TRT – I’m against TRT. I’m against all this. If you want my opinion, you can test me any time, no problem. I’m for the testing. I think it should be more regulated.”
GSP’s win over Diaz marked his eleventh straight victory in addition to being the eighth successful title-defense of his current run with the championship.
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