Georges St. Pierre is one of the most dominate champions to ever compete inside MMA. In his tenure with the UFC, he went on to win the welterweight title twice, and he beat a who’s who of MMA, a list that includes Matt Hughes, Matt Serra, Josh Koscheck, Jon Fitch, Thiago Alves, Dan Hardy and Johny Hendricks.
His most recent win to Hendricks was very controversial, and many fans believed he lost the fight, including UFC president Dana White. After the bout took place, GSP said he was taking time away from the sport and gave up his welterweight crown. Many people were wondering why he gave up his belt, but it does make sense in some regards, as he’s pretty much done everything there is to do in MMA.
It seemed like he was burnt out on the sport and wasn’t going to compete again until he found the fire again. Now, it appears that there is another reason why GSP walked away from the sport. Apparently, GSP wasn’t happy with the UFC’s lack of action towards testing fighters for PED use. GSP revealed this in an article from RDA.ca:
“It’s one of the reasons why I stopped. Not really to serve them a lesson, because it penalizes me too. But I wanted to do something for the sport that I love. I see the direction in which it goes and I think it makes no sense. This is stupid.”
GSP wanted the UFC to test Hendricks more strictly leading up to their bout, but the UFC denied these requests, saying they were unnecessary. White said that GSP’s wants for extra testing were a little weird, which may have caused some tension between GSP and White. Hopefully GSP doesn’t hold anything against the UFC, as they still test fighters on a regular basis, and if a fighter is taking something illegal, they will surely get caught.
GSP and the UFC need to get on the same page about the issue so GSP can come back, whether it’s to fight one more time against Hendricks, or maybe a super fight against Anderson Silva.