Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre hasn’t yet committed to returning to active competition in MMA, but if he does indeed stage a comeback, he hopes to face stiffer drug testing on his return.
St-Pierre spoke to AXS TV’s “Inside MMA” during this past week’s UFC Fan Expo in Las Vegas, and the future UFC Hall of Famer said he believes a more rigid, Olympic-style drug testing program is needed to help MMA continue its worldwide growth.
“They need to make more like Olympic drug testing – an independent organization that doesn’t have any affiliation with the money of the organization,” St-Pierre said.
St-Pierre’s comments come at a critical time for the UFC. While promotion officials have committed to eradicating the use of performance-enhancing drugs in the sport, tests are being failed (or skipped) at an alarming rate. St-Pierre has long been in favor of increased testing, but he wants to make it clear he’s not trying to tear down the UFC by suggesting a change in regulation.
“The only thing I wanted to do is help the sport to raise another level, and I think if you want it to grow worldwide to the next step, it’s the next step to follow,” St-Pierre said.
To hear more from St-Pierre, including an update on his recovery from ACL surgery, check out the future UFC Hall of Famer’s interview with “Inside MMA” in the video above.
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