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Georges St-Pierre 'very happy' with UFC's plans to ramp up its fight against PEDs in MMA

"Clearly a big step in the right direction for our sport." -- Georges St-Pierre.

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White and company CEO, Lorenzo Fertitta, recently announced during a special press conference (see it here) that the world's largest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion will rev up it's fight against performance-enhancing-drugs (PEDs).

Among the changes White and Co. are planning to implement moving forward is to test every single fighter on every card from here on out. And if it means UFC has to come out of pocket to pay for extra costs, so be it.

Furthermore, all main event and championship bouts will be subject to enhanced testing to avoid further fiascoes such as this one and this one.

That's music to Georges St-Pierre's ears, as the former welterweight champion took to Twitter to express just how happy he is to hear that his former employer is kicking its fight against drugs into high gear.

"Very happy to learn about the UFC announcing a new comprehensive random PED testing. Clearly a big step in the right direction for our sport. Can't wait to get more details about the actual protocol, 3rd party testing agency and new sanctions."

"GSP" has been perhaps one of the more vocal fighters when it comes to protesting PEDs in MMA.

In fact, one of the reasons "Rush" decided to take an extended break from the sport in 2013 was because he felt UFC officials didn't share the same passion he did when it came to catching the cheaters inside the Octagon.

But, after busting four high-profile fighters just this year alone because of its increased out-of-competition testing -- which UFC  funded -- the boys at ZUFFA are obviously highly-invested in cleaning up the sport. And on the heels of the company's new game plan for its war on drugs, UFC has gotten the attention of one of it's biggest stars.

Will it be good enough to prompt St-Pierre's return to action? That remains to be seen ... but it is, indeed, a big step in the right direction.

To read more on White and Fertitta's plans click here.

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