Following years of unfounded accusations (like this one), Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre insists he is not, nor has ever been, taking steroids to gain the upper hand in mixed martial arts (MMA) competition.
And now he's ready to prove it.
"Rush" told "Showdown" Joe Ferraro (via Sportsnet.ca) that he's willing to undergo a litany of drug tests under the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA), an independent organization "founded to offer and promote effective anti-doping programs in boxing and MMA."
And now he wants Johny Hendricks to join him.
"I believe the sport has a problem now. When I first started fighting in mixed martial arts, it didn't have any money. So, now more money got involved, more ways are there to be cheating to take a shortcut and I believe VADA testing I'm up for it and I invite my opponent to do the VADA testing for the championship fight. I invite if possible all the high-profile athletes in the UFC to do the same. I believe it's a good thing. It's a bit of a pain in the butt sometimes but I believe to make the sport (better) ... I'm ready to do it to set a good example."
Well, that's one way to shut people (like this guy) up.
The ball is now in Hendricks' court -- even though VADA can be "annoying" -- assuming he's unsatisfied with the testing procedures from the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), who routinely test all title fight participants whenever an MMA or UFC event is held in "Sin City."
Like UFC 167, which takes place on on Nov. 16, 2013 in Las Vegas.
"Rush" is talking the talk ... but will he walk the walk?