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Georges St-Pierre 'not coming back' to UFC until system fixes drug testing 'problem'

Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre dropped by The MMA Hour to speak about Johny Hendricks’ win over Robbie Lawler this past weekend, with no intentions of coming back any time soon unless drug problems in the sport are addressed.

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The most successful welterweight in the history of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) sure is having fun in his time away from the cage, without any intentions of giving the public a date for his return.

That is, if a return is even in the cards.

After GSP relinquished his belt post-UFC 167 in Montreal, St-Pierre was on the opposite side of the fence this past weekend, watching the UFC 171 main event winner Johny Hendricks win the belt he held for so long against Robbie Lawler, as an observer rather than a competitor.

He thought Hendricks was the clear winner, although admitted some peers he knew scored it for "Ruthless."

"I just watched it as a fan, and I had a lot of fun. Personally, I think the fight went to Johny Hendricks, I believe he had rounds one, two, and five. Most people I know think that it was Lawler that won the fight. It could have gone either way. I think it came down to the first round. I believe Lawler, the rounds that he won was more decisively, he did more damage on the face, but sometimes, it doesn't mean anything."

St-Pierre was asked by SB Nation's own Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour if he would be willing to step in to face the newly-crowned champion, who he narrowly defeated in November 2013 in his last fight before his supposed long-term break.

"I don't know, that's the reason why I (took) a break, because I don't want to be on the radar and now people are calling me. If I come back, (there's going to be) a lot of things to change. I talked about this, I didn't want to make problems for the UFC, but I talked about what I wanted. It's a big problem in the sport and I wanted these things to be done. Otherwise, I will not come back fighting."

The former welterweight kingpin also remained vocal about the sport's drug problem, citing it as a personal issue he cannot escape until certain measures are taken to ameliorate the situation.

"I never wanted to do something negative for UFC, the only thing I want is to elevate the sport. I've always been one of the guys that fights for the legitimacy of my sport."

St-Pierre also talked about the recent ban on testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), and why the issues are much larger than just doing away with this type of treatment.

"They just banned TRT, but the thing is there's no other sport in the world (where) they allow TRT. It's a normal thing, it should have been done a long time ago. The problem isn't only TRT; it's the way they do the test. They can ban anything they want, but if they don't test for it, it's a problem. They have to make the tests for this."

Even though communication seems distant with St-Pierre and the brass, he insisted there were no problems with his employers whatsoever. He turns his attention more towards the "system," instead of pinpointing blame on UFC's owners and representatives.

He believes independent drug testing could be the answer.

"The problem is not the UFC, it's the system. It's a new sport and the last thing I want is to hurt the UFC. I just want to elevate the sport, I think it's the next step for elevating the sport. It should be done. It's a normal thing."

"Rush" also stated if fighters were getting caught for cheating and using performance enhancing drugs, it's because they were "disorganized," since it's "so easy not go get caught."


The conversation of Anderson Silva also came up, but it was dismissed rather quickly, since GSP isn't committed to fighting or competing.

"The reason why I stopped is to be under the radar and far from the competition. In terms of me fighting someone, that's why I took a break. I want to be out of the radar. And Anderson is a very big guy. I know for a fact he walks around at 230 pounds. I'm 190 pounds. I don't care, I'll fight anybody, but they have to respect the weight. If they respect the weight, I'll fight anybody, I don't care."

As for who should fight Hendricks next if it isn't "Rush" himself, there's no surprise as to whom he chose to fill in the blank.

St-Pierre trains with Rory MacDonald, and insists he should be the number one contender to Hendricks' championship.

"Rory MacDonald, I believe. Rory is very good, he's my friend, and I'm very happy for Rory. He (fought) an amazing fight against Demian Maia, and proved he is the number one contender."

It's always interesting when one of the greatest fighters ever has something to say about the current state of affairs. Currently training for pleasure, his stance remains the same -- focusing on life outside of the cage, admitting he will decide one day if he calls it a career and make it crystal clear.

"I'm going to decide, but now I don't know. That's the reason I stopped, because I didn't know. Right now, I don't feel like coming back right now. It's not right for me. "

Is that a fact?

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