Georges St. Pierre seems to be pretty serious about the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association’s testing program heading into UFC 167 , as after relaying he would participate in it, the champ is reportedly willing to foot the bill as well. Now that’s walking the walk.
The 32 year-old welterweight recently spoke with MMA Fighting.com about VADA, and his desire to undergo the organization’s testing as he prepares to battle Johny Hendricks on November 16th.
“I’m ready to pay [for our testing] myself, because I’m the champion,” St-Pierre said. “All from my purse, I paid for the tests because I’m the champion. That’s why I’m ready, I’m ready to do it. That’s a point I want to make.
“I wouldn’t mind doing it for the rest of my career,” he continued. “Of course it sucks. They can come anytime, you have to give your address and then [VADA representatives come] in the morning. It sucks. But it’s my sport and it could be an inconvenience of my job, I’ll do it no problem.”
Hendricks has also said he’s willing to participate in the program, and noted last month that “The worst thing that they’re going to find is a little bit of protein in my diet. If eating wild hogs and organic deer meat and a little bit of glutamine is bad for the ol’ system then I might fail.” It’s going to be interesting to see whether the additional testing becomes more of a regular thing in the coming months.
St. Pierre’s decision to enlist the services of VADA comes after Nick Diaz accused the champion of using steroids, prior to their UFC 158 bout in March. The Canadian fighter has never failed a drug test.
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