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Former UFC welterweight champion and one of MMA’s all-time greats Georges “Rush” St-Pierre has announced he will enter the United States Anti-Doping Agency’s (USADA) testing pool ahead of a potential return to the sport.
The 35-year-old Montreal, Canada, native told BloodyElbow of his negotiations with the UFC: “We’re talking again and I’m starting the USADA process to be tested, I’m starting it [today] in Las Vegas. Because to be eligible to fight you need to be tested.”
A man possessing the stature that of GSP’s could have easily went down the treacherous route of asking for an exemption a la Brock Lesnar. But, after all the noise St-Pierre had made in the past in regards to being against performance-enhancing drugs, it would be a tad on the hypocritical side.
The subject of Lesnar popped up in the aforementioned interview, with St-Pierre stressing he has no intention of dodging the four-month window of testing before competition. Lesnar is presently the only athlete to have opted for this exemption and he promptly tested positive in two drug tests for banned substance clomiphene—an oestrogen blocker which also caught out former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones—pre and post-UFC 200 in his victorious cameo appearance against Kiwi heavyweight Mark Hunt.
“He [Lesnar] had a free pass, I think it was an exemption of a month or something like that,” St-Pierre said. “But me, I don’t want to be an exception, because I was very outspoken about performance enhancing drugs. It would be bad for my reputation if I would have an exemption – I don’t want to have a free pass, I want to be like everybody else. That’s why I’ll be starting the process [today].”
With a UFC record of 19-2 (23-2 overall), Rush will long be considered one of the best ever ….View full article