UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre is on a quest to set a standard in Mixed Martial Arts unrelated to the record he’s racked up in the Octagon or number of successful title-defenses under his belt. Rather, St-Pierre is out to help clean up the sport when it comes to performance enhancing drugs and hopes to set an example others will follow when it comes to his UFC 167 showdown with Johny Hendricks.
“I’m ready to pay [for our testing] myself, because I’m the champion. All from my purse, I paid for the tests because I’m the champion. That’s why I’m ready, I’m ready to do it. That’s a point I want to make,” said St-Pierre in an interview with MMAFighting. “I wouldn’t mind doing it for the rest of my career. Of course it sucks. They can come anytime, you have to give your address and then [VADA representatives come] in the morning. It sucks. But it’s my sport and it could be an inconvenience of my job, I’ll do it no problem.”
St-Pierre is also out to prove to his critics he has no room for cheating in his own career, though he isn’t necessarily insulted when claims to the contrary are pointed in his direction.
“A lot of people accuse me [of taking PEDs]. For me, when they accuse me, I take that as a compliment. I believe they compliment my athleticism,” explained St-Pierre. “I want to prove also that it’s possible to be champion without using drugs, and I know VADA is the most professional; it is the best for that.”
The combination of GSP’s dominance in the ring and otherworldly physique has drawn questions from a few of his peers and plenty of fans over the past few years. Now, with VADA in place and a mission to keep spreading the word, answers will be provided regarding not only St-Pierre but – hopefully – numerous other athletes as time goes by.