As expected, it didn’t take UFC president Dana White (pictured) long to respond to the criticism now-former welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre unleashed on the UFC and their lax drug testing policy.
White scoffed at the notion the UFC is soft when it comes to drug screening their fighters. He once again fell back on his customary, “the government regulates us” defense because state athletic commissions conduct the drug exams. In addition, the UFC surpasses those standards when they conduct drug tests for out-of-country events where there are no governing bodies.
“If you are using performance-enhancing drugs in the UFC, I mean these guys get caught,” White stated Wednesday. “You get caught when you do it. Maybe you’re slick and maybe you fought in one of these athletic commissions where they’ll only test the main event, or they’ll only test the co-main and main event, but then you show up at one of these international shows where people don’t realize [the UFC is] testing everyone on the card. Everybody is getting tested. You’re gonna get caught if you’re using it.”
And therein lies the rub. If fighters didn’t know before, which is highly unlikely, they certainly do now. Cheaters are always at least one step ahead of the game and they know exactly when they are going to be tested. That was one of the reasons St-Pierre was pushing Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA), because the independent organization conducts random screenings.
It’s hard to cheat on a test when you don’t know when it’s coming.
White believes GSP is upset because of the harsh comments White made about him following his controversial win over Johny Hendricks at UFC 167. Now that St-Pierre has taken an indefinite leave from MMA, he’s not afraid to pull any punches.
“What I heard is, Georges St-Pierre is upset with some of the things I said at the [UFC 167] press conference and he’s upset that I said I thought he didn’t win the fight, that I thought Johny Hendricks won the fight. But if that’s the case, call me man to man. Let’s talk on the phone, let’s sit down face to face,” White said. “I talked to him after the fight face to face, he didn’t say any of that to me. So, the whole thing is a little weird.
“Georges St-Pierre, it upset him his whole career about BJ [Penn] and other fighters claiming that he was probably on some type of performance-enhancing drugs. The thing that’s bothered him and upset him his whole career, he now just threw back on all the other guys who are fighting, which is unfair to all the guys who aren’t using anything.”
Oh, and regarding St-Pierre’s accusation that the UFC is a monopoly, White professes they’ll never reach the level of Bellator MMA, who is financially backed by Viacom.
“As far as the other thing he said, that we’re a monopoly, Viacom is our competitor,” said White. “They have a $40 billion market cap. I’m never going to see $40 billion as long as I live, neither will the UFC. So, we’re not a monopoly, either. Everything that Georges St-Pierre said is a little kooky.”
When asked if he’s tried to contact St-Pierre to clear the air, White said UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta has been met with radio silence.
“Lorenzo reached out to him, Lorenzo still hasn’t heard from him yet,” a confused White shared. “If Georges St-Pierre wants to talk like a man, he can pick up the phone and call us or he can come see us face to face. But everything he said is ridiculous.
“Georges St-Pierre never said he wanted to go away, he said he needed some time off because he had all these personal issues going on in his life. So we said, ‘Do your thing.’ So he vacates the title, we’ve left the guy alone, letting him do his thing. The guy’s out doing more interviews now than when he was fighting. He said he wanted to disappear for a while and go away, and here we are, now we’re talking about Georges St-Pierre.”