The MMA world is still reeling from losing Georges St-Pierre. The UFC champion vacated his title last month, leaving amidst a ton of questions. GSP has finally answered one and you may be surprised to hear what really pushed GSP out the door.
GSP held a press conference this week to announce that his foundation would be giving money to six athletes. The subject of PEDs came up during his chat with reporters. GSP was not only willing to talk about it, he almost seemed giddy when the question was asked. The champ admitted that concerns over PEDs in MMA is what pushed him into an indefinite retirement.
“It bothered me enormously.”
“That’s one of the reasons why I stopped fighting. Not really to teach them a lesson, because that would also punish me. I wanted to do something for the sport. I love the sport. I see the direction it’s going, and I don’t think it makes any sense. This is stupid.”
GSP had been accused by previous opponents of juicing and taking PEDs several times over his UFC career. He has never tested positive for anything according to the UFC. These accusations are what prompted GSP to sponsor drug testing for his last fight, offering to pay for both he and his opponent to get tested. Johny Hendricks wasn’t interested and Dana White said they both looked “stupid.”
Ironically it would appear that Dana White was the stupid one here. White’s ignorance or disinterest in the matter contributed to the loss of his second biggest drawing card. If White had been supportive of GSP or had a different attitude about testing, it is possible that he would still be promoting GSP today. Instead he is left with a vacated title and a superstar who has no interest in fighting.
“The whole thing was done very weird. And if he feels like we didn’t support him, I don’t know. The whole thing’s [expletive] weird. I haven’t talked to him about it. He’s very fired up about it because he went out and started this thing and it’s turned into a [expletive]. I get it. I don’t know what to say. I don’t know what to tell him. The whole [expletive] thing’s weird.”
“I tried to do something to change the sport,” he said. “Unfortunately, there were other people, for different reasons, maybe for money, in fear of losing money, because if you canceled the fight because someone tested positive there are millions of dollars [lost]. Also, the sport’s image … If you start testing everyone, how many will get caught? I don’t want to say in public because I don’t want to accuse anyone, but the sport’s image will be hurt.”
What may have been the most damaging statement of all is this one.
“Don’t forget, I have internal information. I’m an athlete. I know what goes on, so that disappointed me greatly.”
PEDs are a huge problem for MMA. MMA reporters have made enough cryptic remarks over the last year to confirm it without confirming it. Dana White was once adamant against TRT use for one thing but has since greatly changed his stance. Vitor Belfort is making a complete mockery and a sham of this with his TRT exemptions and he is just the tip of the iceberg.