Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre has done more talking once he stepped away from MMA than he did when he was ruling the sports as champion. While both GSP and former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva are no longer champions, they are both considered the two greatest MMA fighters of all time.
[adinserter block=”1″]While Silva has been respectful to GSP in the past, GSP has no love lost for Silva, who failed his pre-fight drug test to Nick Diaz at UFC 183 on January 31st. A fight in which Silva was returning from a broken leg that he suffered at UFC 168 in his title rematch against now UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman.
When speaking to the Canadian Press, GSP believes that Silva should never have been allowed to compete at the event once he failed the drug test a few weeks prior to the event. It should be noted that Silva as well as the NSAC and the entire world did not know that he failed his drug test until the fight had already
The fight should be cancelled because it’s cheating, it’s a biological weapon that you have. If I fight someone with a knife and the promoter and the organization know I have a knife. I’m bringing a knife into the fight, they should not let me fight because I’m carrying a weapon.
“A performance-enhancing drug is the same thing, it’s a biological weapon. It’s an advantage that you have over your opponent that you should not be able to compete with. Because you put the health of the competitor in jeopardy.
“We’re not playing golf, we’re not racing, we’re fighting. Every time we fight we put our lives, our well-being in jeopardy.”
When asked about the drug testing system, GSP had this to say:
“I don’t want to talk about one individual, I want to talk about the system. The system is a big problem in the sport of mixed martial arts. It’s something that I believe the UFC and fighters should confront and deal with it. Because if you don’t deal with it right now, it’s going to get worse and worse and worse.”
Speaking of Silva and GSP, Pierre’s coach, Firas Zahabi spoke with French-Canadian outlet La Presse about Silva’s failed drug test. He had some very strong words to say about Silva and his legacy.
“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.”
[adinserter block=”2″]The notion that Silva testing positive for steroids is horrible for the sport is definitely taking a leap in the fact that other fighters have tested positive for steroids.
Yes, Silva was the face of the UFC for many years as champion, but he never tested positive for anything during his run as champion. Silva’s accomplishments are supreme and some would argue better than Pierre’s.
Some will like this and some will not, but if Pierre wants to take shots at a fighter (Silva) that the fans, media and more importantly the UFC wanted him to fight for several years, but never did, some would say that is a bit chicken-ish. But hey, everyone has an opinion right?