Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre is not impressed with his employer's reaction to his decision to opt for enhanced drug testing in the lead-up to his title match against challenger Johny Hendricks next month in "Sin City."
It doesn't help that his boss called him "stupid."
In an interview with French-language media outlet LaPresse.ca published on Wednesday (Oct. 9, 2013), St. Pierre voiced his displeasure with how the world's leading mixed martial arts (MMA) organization responded to his offer to pay for random, unannounced testing for both himself and Hendricks through the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency (VADA).
"You can't be against virtue, at least that's what I thought," St. Pierre said.
The long-reigning champion further vented his frustration (translation by Martin Tremblay):
St. Pierre says that if UFC wants to be taken seriously and wants true recognition it needs to be a clean sport, but that right now "we are clearly missing the boat."
"Right now all I know is that I'm not sure if they are ready to support me," said St. Pierre. "I thought they were,
but was deeply disappointed with how things turned out. I can't say much right now. I don't want to have the UFC on my back because it's my employer, but I won't deceive journalists and they surely can read between the lines."
UFC President Dana White has been vocal in his criticism of St. Pierre's crusade to seek enhanced drug testing, often resorting to his go-to line when asked about drug screening that his company is "regulated by the government." White even went so far as to say he thinks it's "crazy" for "Rush" to seek enhanced testing.
Hendricks was initially was on board when St. Pierre first proposed enhanced testing through Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA), but later backed out when he and his camp had second thoughts about submitting to testing paid for by the welterweight champion.
After deciding against the VADA program, Hendricks countered with a proposal for both men to submit to enhanced testing via World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) at an accredited lab chosen by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).
This resulted in a he-said/she-said situation where, over the course of a series of emails, St. Pierre's camp and NSAC director Keith Kizer suffered a communication breakdown that caused the negotiations for enhanced testing to stall out between the two parties.
Despite Hendricks lack of participation, St. Pierre is currently going at it alone in the VADA testing program.
The "disappointed" champion will defend his title against Hendricks in the UFC 167 pay-per-view (PPV) main event on Nov. 16, 2013 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.