UFC president Dana White has famously built the promotion using cooperation from athletic commissions around the United States. The commissions handle drug testing for events, and have frequently caught offending parties. For UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre though, that’s not enough. After some steroid allegations from his last opponent Nick Diaz, the champ decided that he’d go above and beyond and will use VADA to do additional testing in the leadup to his UFC 167 title defense against Johny Hendricks. And he’s even paying for it out of his own pocket.
When White was asked about it at a charity event on Wednesday, his response was kind of odd (via MMA Junkie):
“It’s a little weird.”
He expanded on that comment a little bit later on:
“We’re regulated by the government – the government comes in and does all the drug testing. Georges St-Pierre is one of those guys that people have been talking about (being on steroids). B.J. Penn said he was on steroids. Somebody else said he was on steroids. And he said, ‘I’ll pay for my own VADA testing,’ which isn’t cheap and it’s a pain in the ass.
“He doesn’t have to do it, but I guess he wants to do it. What are you gonna do? Knock yourself out, Georges. Good luck.”
UFC 167 goes down on November 16th in the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
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