Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre recently offered up a nice gesture on his part to foot the bill to pay for his and Johny Hendricks' pre-fight drug tests prior to their main event title fight at UFC 167 on Nov. 16, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
While generous, Team Hendricks turned down the offer from St. Pierre and the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency (VADA) -- the organization which would be responsible for handling all drug testing -- based on the fact that the two seem to have some kind of relationship.
That didn't sit too well with Johny's manager, Ted Ehrhardt, who, with the clearance from UFC officials, lobbied for the testing to be done by World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
Stuck in the middle of all of this back-and-forth is "Bigg Rigg" himself, who says he has no issues taking any drug test at any time, so long as it's with a reputable company. Unlike "GSP" and Co., who wanted to know dates for the testing in advance.
According to Hendricks, while drug testing has been brought up before prior to St. Pierre's fight without much movement, he believes fear is what's driving the French-Canadian's camp to push for it with more emphasis this time around as he recently revealed on "The MMA Hour:"
"I really believe he has a reason to be scared. I think I can beat GSP. You know what I'm saying? I believe it; there's a part of me that I believe 100 percent that I can beat GSP. Now, if that's why he's doing it, to play head games, to do this, to distract me from my actual training, I don't know, I don't know GSP. That starts making me, or try to get more people to step up and say, ‘Yeah, we think he is,' you know what I'm saying? There is a lot of ways that this can play and I'm just not buying it. I know I don't take steroids. You can test me today, tomorrow, you name the time and I will be there. It's just that I want to do it with a respectable company that doesn't have any pull or say or have a foot already in the door."
Whether or not WADA -- a company Hendricks says UFC officials and the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) prefer to administer the tests -- takes the reins, is yet-to-be determined.
Stopping short of saying that "suspect" VADA would manipulate the results, Hendricks says he isn't planning on budging and won't give in to St. Pierre's requests by having them handling his test samples and potentially affecting his MMA career and costing him millions of dollars.
But, at the end of the day, Hendricks doesn't care if St. Pierre gets tested or not prior to fight night or if he's even on "the juice," he just wants to face and beat the best "Rush" available in "Sin City."
Clean or not.
"There's a couple of red flags. I'll take any (drug test). I don't like that he has his foot in the door with VADA. You pick anyone but VADA, I'll take it tomorrow, or in a week. UFC said the Olympic testing (WADA) is the hardest. You give me an hour to take WADA and I will pass it anytime. It's weird that you would sit there and, instead of taking the toughest, he said he wants to clean this sport up, and here he is pushing somebody that he has a foot in the door. If he was 100 percent not on anything, he would say, ‘Alright, we will do WADA, here's the money, you pay for it, you set up the time, anytime, anywhere, give me an hour notice and we will do it.' Here's the thing, I never pushed doing drug tests. My main thing is, I don't care if he's on anything. I just need him to be ready November 16. That's it. Nothing else matters to me. If he's clean, then I don't have nothing to worry about. But what if he's not. And all of a sudden he's pushing these drug tests and here it is blowing up so big, he has to take WADA, he fails, then I don't get my title shot. So that's why I'm sitting here saying I don't want the drug tests. I don't care. I want the best GSP for November 16. That's all that matters to me is that he shows up to the Octagon with his belt and nothing else."
Your move, Team St. Pierre.