Many critics believe there is a performance-enhancing drug epidemic in mixed martial arts. Reigning UFC welterweight king Georges St-Pierre (pictured) unexpectedly came under fire just two days before the biggest fight of his life.
Despite never flunking a drug screening during his illustrious 11-year professional career, St-Pierre was accused by Nick Diaz of abusing steroids ahead of Saturday’s highly anticipated shootout.
With Diaz making his unfounded allegations so close to showtime, St-Pierre wasn’t afforded the opportunity to defend himself until after posting a lopsided unanimous decision victory over Diaz at UFC 158.
“Never took steroids in my life,” St-Pierre stated at the post-fight press conference. “I’m for Olympic testing in my sport. I’m up to do the test for the Olympic test. I have no problem with that.
“I’m not a cheater – never cheated in my sport. And I think [testosterone replacement therapy], I’m against TRT. I’m against all this. If you want my opinion, you can test me any time, no problem. I’m for the testing. I think it should be more regulated.
“For someone to say to me I’m athletic, I take that as a compliment. For him, in his mind to say, ‘He needs to be on steroids, he’s very athletic’ – for me, it boosts my confidence by saying that.”
Olympic-style screenings refer to a more stringent program that is consistent with the World Anti-Doping Agency. Those exams typically focus on random drug tests throughout the year.
MMA athletes are typically asked to provide a urinalysis only during fight week, if at all.
However, the UFC recently took a hard stance against TRT users. They are now rigorously testing their fighters who claim they need the controversial treatment in order to complete.
The UFC is footing the bill for their random TRT exams, while financially strapped athletic commissions pay for their pre-scheduled event tests.