Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre made some interesting remarks recently concerning drug testing and the sport of MMA.
GSP laid it out that, due to a lack of testing in keeping the sport clean, he thought it was a good idea for him to step away.
Well, that didn’t go over too kindly with UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta, who fired back at St-Pierre during an interview with ESPN.
“We’ve made it clear, through presentations at various athletic commissions, that we advocate for the most rigorous drug testing possible. We’ve actually advocated for harsher penalties for PEDs,” Fertitta said. “Maybe Georges didn’t understand the level of drug testing Nevada was doing. They are the ultimate authority that handles drug testing, medicals and everything else – and they are very capable.
“Obviously, we know there are some athletes that do cheat, but we are catching them. Hopefully, because the penalties for being caught have gone to the extent they have – monetary, suspensions, revocations of licenses – it’s convincing these guys it’s not worth it.”
St-Pierre could be in for an interesting meeting with Fertitta and UFC president Dana White if – or when – he decides to return to action.