Next month at UFC 167, Georges St-Pierre will put his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight title on the line against Johny Hendricks. It has the makings to be a great fight between incredible welterweight wrestlers, but the drug testing shenanigans have sullied the build up.
Hendricks and St-Pierre agreed to additional pre-fight testing; however, those talks broke down when it came out during a conference call with the Nevada State Athletic Commission that the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency (VADA) would be paying for a portion of the testing.
Communication with the UFC continued to break down and St-Pierre made it clear that he was upset that the UFC didn't have his back during the whole ordeal.
Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting caught up with UFC President Dana White to discuss Georges St-Pierre's comments to the Canadian press regarding the UFC's lack of support in the VADA talks for his UFC 167 bout with Johny Hendricks.
I don't know how we didn't back him up? I mean the UFC was involved in all those converstions that they had with the commission. Originally Georges St. Pierre said he was going to pay for it and then he wasn't going to pay for it. The whole thing was done very weird. And if he feels like we didn't support him, I dunno. The whole thing's f***ing weird. I haven't talked to him about it. He's very fired up about it because he went out and started this thing and it's turned into a clusterf***, I get it. I don't know what to say. I don't know what to tell him. The whole f***ing thing's weird.
At this point, the topic of additional testing must also include a discussion regarding the gamesmanship. It seems like proving innocence is secondary to embarrassing your opponent in the media.
I don't think GSP has anything he needs to prove. He's always going to have detractors who will accuse him of taking performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) and those that will continue to support him. If you thought GSP was taking PEDs, this situation has just strengthened that belief.
But Dana White is correct about one thing: this situation has turned into a clusterf***.