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St-Pierre's trainer compares Anderson Silva to Lance Armstrong, warns a fighter will die in MMA because of steroids

Georges St-Pierre's head coach is pulling no punches following Anderson Silva's positive test for steroids.

Esther Lin

Days after it was revealed former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva had failed a pre-fight UFC 183 drug test for performance enhancing drugs (PED), former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre solemnly noted he was "surprised" by the result and hoped it would lead to "more stringent" testing.

Now "GSP's" head coach Firas Zahabi is giving his take, and he did not mince words speaking with La Presse in Montreal.

From MMAFighting:

"It's horrible for the sport. Lance Armstrong has not helped the sport of cycling. A lot of people were inspired by his story and afterwards we find out that it's a lie. Here, we're going through something similar in our sport."

"It's unbelievable that they let them fight. Me personally, I would like the sport to be cleaned up. Because one day, a guy is going to die in the Octagon and we're going to find out that the guy who killed him tested positive after the fact. Our sport is already dangerous enough as it is. If we add doping on top of that, it becomes madness."


Lance Armstrong was once considered to be the greatest cyclist of all-time -- a man who defeated cancer and went on to win seven Tour De France titles in a row. But after his career was shrouded in controversy over a doping scandal, Armstrong finally came clean, and his titles were stripped from him.

Although we can not jump to conclusions regarding Silva's legacy yet -- as "The Spider" has denied taking steroids -- Zahabi is ready to crown St-Pierre as the greatest fighter of all time.

"Georges is the best pound-for-pound fighter. We have to drop Silva. If he really cheated, we can't set this example for the youth. It's ridiculous. Is Lance Armstrong considered the best cyclist of all time? No. A few years ago, the answer would have been different."

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