Since former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre decided to walk away from the sport following his record setting ninth title defense at UFC 167 in November 2013, there’s been a laundry list of reasons cited for his departure.
He explained, on different occasions, that he suffered from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, that he needed a break, and that he had lost the drive needed to compete at the top level. But chief among the reasons the 33-year-old Canadian gave for his decision to leave fighting was the widespread use of performance enhancing drugs in mixed martial arts.
St-Pierre, in an interview with Bloody Elbow, says he’ll never fight again unless both he and his opponent undergo extensive drug testing by a credible independent anti-doping organization.
“I will never fight again in MMA without my opponent and myself being thoroughly tested for the most advanced PEDs by a credible independent anti-doping organization like VADA or USADA under the strictest standards of the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) Code,” the former champion told Bloody Elbow.
The shoe-in future Hall of Famer tried to implement WADA testing for his UFC 167 bout against Johny Hendricks, but didn’t get the support needed to make it happen.
“That’s one of the reasons why I stopped fighting,” St-Pierre said during a media scrum interview in January.
“I wanted to do something to help those who are honest in the sport. Believe me or not, I never took drugs in my life. I'll take a lie detector test, I don't care. I'm for anti-doping tests. I think it's a big problem in the sport,” continued St-Pierre.
“If we want the sport to be accepted worldwide, like baseball, hockey, football, soccer, I believe [drug testing] is the thing to do. I think it's just a matter of time before it happens, it's just that I tried to make it happen now.”
St-Pierre considers the use of PEDs the most negative trend in MMA. “A true martial artist must respect his opponent and fight clean.”