COMMENTARY | UFC Welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre has gotten under the skin of his UFC 167 opponent, Johny Hendricks, and the bearded welterweight with the heavy hands says he's going to make him pay.
The normally easygoing Hendricks was still smiling after his open workouts at the MGM Grand but seemed to be a bit miffed by the champion's approach to drug testing. It's been a sticking point for some time now ever since St. Pierre enrolled in the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency, and Hendricks opted not to. For Hendricks, the reason was that the Nevada State Athletic Commission suggested that he not participate, and if he chose to do drug testing, he would test through a World Anti-Doping Agency accredited lab.
"I've been clean my whole entire life. And all of a sudden, some dude doesn't know me, (and) he's been accused the last six years of being on something," Hendricks said of St. Pierre. "He picks me and says I must be on something because I don't want to follow the pony train to VADA. Get out of here."
Hendricks said that he wouldn't participate in VADA because it was less strict than WADA and he believes that St. Pierre is a poster boy for VADA and would prefer drug testing on a neutral ground.
"The state athletic commission of Nevada said don't do VADA. They said don't do VADA. Are you going to trust your opponent, or are you going to trust the Nevada state commission?" Hendricks inquired.
But it wasn't until the open workouts that St. Pierre truly drew the ire of Hendricks as the subject of drug testing was brough up once again
"Just today he told (MMA journalist) Ariel Helwani that he's been tested and I have not. That's mind games," Hendricks said before ripping off into a brief tirade about his clean history since his collegiate wrestling days. And, to put the exclamation point on his position, he mildly suggested that St. Pierre just might be the one who has been using PEDs. Nevertheless, Hendricks is none too happy with the champion's accusations and is ready to make him pay at UFC 167.
"I don't have respect for is him saying that I'm on steroids when he knows nothing about me," said Hendricks. "I can't wait to deck the crap out of him. I want his eyes to roll back into his head. That's my goal."
But he promises that the mind games won't alter his game plan when the two step into the cage. If nothing else, it just increased the likelihood that Hendricks will hurt him with his devastating punching power.
"It gives me a lot of motivation. He's trying to get me angry but it's only going to make me hit him that much harder."
Andreas Hale is a former editor at websites including BET.com and HipHopDX.com. Today, he resides in the fight capital of the world and has covered boxing and MMA for mainstream media outlets such as MTV.com and Jay-Z's LifeandTimes.com, as well as die-hard outlets, including FightNews.com, Fight! Magazine, Ultimate MMA, CagePotato.com and others.You can follow him on Twitter (@AndreasHale).
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