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Is a Georges St-Pierre Return Closer Than Ever as He Starts Drug Testing?

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Georges St-Pierre wants to return to the Octagon, but how serious is he? He’s serious enough that he was supposed to begin drug testing on Wednesday under the UFC’s Anti-Doping Policy administered by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

When St-Pierre walked away from the cage after defeating Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 in November of 2013, the current anti-doping policy was not in place, nor was USADA involved with the MMA juggernaut’s efforts to clean up its ranks. Things have changed a lot since then, including St-Pierre’s desire to fight.

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In a recent interview with Ram Gilboa on BloodyElbows.com, St-Pierre stressed that he never really retired, but that for mental reasons and concerns about performance-enhancing drug use in the sport, he needed to take a lengthy break. He now appears to have his mental state where it needs to be and the crackdown on PEDs has improved to the point where he wants to step back in the Octagon.

“I want to (fight again). My agent is negotiating with the UFC, they had an offer, we made a counteroffer, you know that’s how business goes. And then we heard a day after that UFC sold for $4 billion dollars,” said St-Pierre. “We wanted to let the management to take care of their own company first, and then see what happens.

“Now we’re talking again and I’m starting the USADA process to be tested, I’m starting it Aug 10. in Las Vegas. Because to be eligible to fight you need to be tested.”

St-Pierre also confirmed rumors that initial negotiations had ….View full article

Source:: mmaweekly