Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre gave an in-depth interview to a Canadian-based site recently, discussing one of the reasons he decided to step away from MMA for now.
GSP was asked about the lack of drug testing given to fighters, especially himself and Johny Hendricks prior to their 2013 title-fight.
“It bothered me enormously,” St-Pierre said (thanks to Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com for translating). “That’s one of the reasons why I stopped fighting. Not really to teach them a lesson because that would also punish me. I wanted to do something for the sport.
“I love the sport. I see the direction it’s going and I don’t think it makes any sense. This is stupid.”
St-Pierre was asked other questions, but actually became excited when the talk circled back to UFC 167 and drug testing.
“Oh here’s someone who reads between the lines, that’s good,” laughed GSP. “I tried to do something to change the sport. Unfortunately, there were other people, for different reasons – maybe for money, in fear of losing money – because if you cancelled the fight because someone tested positive, there are millions of dollars (lost).
“Also, the image….if you start testing everyone, how many will get caught? I don’t want to say in public because I don’t want to accuse anyone, but the sport’s image will be hurt.”
St-Pierre continues to appear