“I believe the sport has a problem now”, said UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre on the topic of performance enhancing drugs (PEDs). Not a new criticism in the sport of mixed martial arts, but it is from a new face. GSP has ironically been accused of being a PED user in the past by opponents BJ Penn and Nick Diaz, likely due to his physique, but it seems the champs chant of “test me” is still the same. So much in fact that he now invites his dangerous opponent Johny Hendricks to take the same VADA challenge prior to their match-up.
“When I first started fighting in mixed martial arts, it didn’t have any money. So, now more money got involved, more ways are there to be cheating to take a shortcut and I believe VADA testing I’m up for it and I invite my opponent to do the VADA testing for the championship fight.”
VADA stands for Volunteer Anti-Doping Association. Similar to WADA, the World Anti-Doping Association, which is used in Olympic testing today — the athlete is randomly and thoroughly tested throughout the camp. VADA has been issuing challenges to fighters in the sport for some time. The aforementioned BJ Penn made his testing very public, putting his opponent Rory MacDonald on the spotlight to test prior to the fight.
Of course it didn’t take long for the challenge to reach “Bigg Rigg” as he was questioned about the challenge on UFC Central Radio on Sportsnet 590. The top contender seemed more than happy to accept, as long as protein was not considered a PED.
“Heck ya,” said Hendricks. “The worst thing that they’re going to find is a little bit of protein in my diet. If eating wild hogs and organic deer meat and a little bit of glutamine is bad for the ol’ system, then I might fail.”