UFC Welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre has endured the accusations of opponents like B.J. Penn and Nick Diaz that he is a user of steroids and performance enhancing drugs (PEDs). Now he's trying to clear his name by inviting his next challenger Johny Hendricks to submit to VADA testing before their UFC 167 bout in Las Vegas in November.
He spoke to Showtime Joe Ferraro of Canada's Sports Net and here's what GSP said:
"When I first started fighting in mixed martial arts, it didn't have any money," St-Pierre explained. "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.
"I invite if possible all the high-profile athletes in the UFC to do the same. I believe it's a good thing. It's a bit of a pain in the butt sometimes but I believe to make the sport (better) ... I'm ready to do it to set a good example."
VADA is The Voluntary Anti-Doping Association which describes itself as an independent organization founded to offer and promote effective anti-doping programs in boxing and mixed martial arts. It should not be confused with WADA, the World Anti-Doping Agency.