Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre hasn't kept quiet on his feelings regarding performance enhancing drugs in MMA.
On a self-imposed hiatus from competition, St-Pierre hasn't wavered from a set of strong recommendations he's laid out to help clean up his sport. Last summer St-Pierre said he 'will never fight again' without he and his opponent undergoing thorough, advanced drug testing carried out by a credible, independent anti-doping organization like VADA or USADA working under the strictest standards of the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) Code.
With news of former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva failing a pre-fight drug screening ahead of his headlining bout with Nick Diaz Jan. 31 at UFC 183, St-Pierre believes the fight should have never happened.
"The fight should be cancelled because it's cheating, it's a biological weapon that you have," St. Pierre told Canada's CTV News. "If I fight someone with a knife and the promoter and the organization know I have a knife. I'm bringing a knife into the fight, they should not let me fight because I'm carrying a weapon."
Silva failed a Jan. 9 out-of-competition drug test for Drostanolone metabolites, a common form of anabolic steroid, and Androstane, a form of endogenous steroid hormone. Both substances are banned according to World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code.
"A performance-enhancing drug is the same thing, it's a biological weapon. It's an advantage that you have over your opponent that you should not be able to compete with," said St-Pierre. "Because you put the health of the competitor in jeopardy.
"We're not playing golf, we're not racing, we're fighting. Every time we fight we put our lives, our well-being in jeopardy."
Saying he was 'very sad' for Silva, St-Pierre wants to tackle the sport's rising PED concern on a macro level rather than dwell on the individual indiscretions of athletes.
"I don't want to talk about one individual, I want to talk about the system," said St-Pierre. "The system is a big problem in the sport of mixed martial arts ... It's something that I believe the UFC and fighters should confront and deal with it. Because if you don't deal with it right now, it's going to get worse and worse and worse."
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Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via mathias1.
So, it was a bad month to have lost a ban bet.
Jon Jones got busted cheating, and it was the fight I lost the bet on.
Had the roles been reversed, I would have shown enough sportsmanship and class to void the bet, but that didn't happen, so I took my month. No problem.
Anderson Silva? Busted. Cheating.
And let's be honest, the UFC and the NSAC were all complicit. "The show must go on," appeared to be the thought process. Rules be damned. Fighter safety be damned. Money rules the day.
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