UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre wants everyone to know that he is steroid-free.
GSP has been accused of using steroids plenty of times over the course of his career, but the 32-year-old insists he isn’t using. And to prove it, he’s ready to pay for Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency testing for himself and UFC 167 opponent Johny Hendricks.
“I’m ready to pay [for our testing] myself, because I’m the champion. 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,” St-Pierre told MMA Fighting’s Shaun Al-Shatti.
“I wouldn’t mind doing it for the rest of my career. Of course it sucks,” he added. “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.”
St-Pierre also said he believes “VADA is the best anti-doping agency in the world.”
GSP was most recently accused of using steroids by Nick Diaz leading up to UFC 158 in March.
“I believe [St-Pierre] is on plenty of steroids, and I don’t think they test around here, either,” Diaz said.
“I doubt I’ll be tested,” he added. “I don’t care what they’re saying or marketing to the media — and if so, he’s probably got a bottle of p–s in his pocket. I doubt they’re standing over him making sure he’s not on steroids.”
St-Pierre went on to successfully defend his title for the eighth time by unanimous decision, the most in the welterweight division. The champion hasn’t lost a match since April 7, 2007, when he was defeated by Matt Serra at UFC 69. He had just won the title from Matt Hughes less than six months earlier at UFC 65.
Georges St-Pierre said he takes the steroids accusations as a compliment.
“I believe they compliment my athleticism,” he said. “I want to prove also that it’s possible to be champion without using drugs, and I know VADA is the most professional, it is the best for that.”
Georges St-Pierre and Johny Hendricks will face off at UFC 167 on November 16.
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