Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre hates performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs).
In fact, "Rush" will go to great lengths to prove he fights clean, even if it makes him look "stupid." But the fact that his opponents do not reciprocate -- and UFC does not push for it -- is one of the reasons he decided to vacate his title and walk away from combat sports in late 2013.
A lot has changed since then.
Mostly on the regulatory front. Just last month, Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) banned testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) in mixed martial arts (MMA), something St. Pierre tells Sports Day DFW should have been done a long time ago.
"It should have been done a long time ago. There's not another sports that accepts it. It's a joke. For our sport, I don't want to accuse individuals. Never once have I accused a person. I don't want to accuse the organization. The problem is the system. One of the reasons why I stopped (fighting) is I see a lot of (expletive) going on and I got tired of it. I tried to make things change and it didn't work. The guideline should be random testing, especially when you fight for a title. The guy that finished first in cycling, would have finished 40th 10 years ago. That's how much drugs help now. You lose a race in cycling, you lose your ego, you lose something financially. But if you lose a fight, not only do you lose financially and your ego, it can affect your well-being, you have cerebral damage and be really messed up. If the UFC does something, the other organizations will follow."
Speaking of following, TRT is now banned in Brazil and California.
With St. Pierre out of the picture, Johny Hendricks will battle Robbie Lawler for the vacant 170-pound title next weekend in Dallas, Texas. Whether or not "Rush" ever comes back to try to reclaim it is unknown at this time, but if UFC fails to meet his personal demands in regards to drug testing, there's a chance he could be gone for good.