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Georges St-Pierre says 5-year suspension of Nick Diaz is too much

Retired UFC welterweight champ, Georges St-Pierre weighs in on the harsh sentencing of Nick Diaz and whether there is still some lingering beef between them.

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Retired UFC welterweight champion, Georges St-Pierre has been a proponent of enhanced drug testing measures in mixed martial arts for the last few years, more so since his retirement. Despite that, and despite the beef between him and Nick Diaz that took him to his "dark place," he knows a raw deal when he sees one, and the five year suspension of Nick Diaz is questionable, at the very least.

In a recent interview with RDS, and reported by MMA Fighting, St-Pierre had plenty to say on the matter.

"Personally, I think five years is too much," St-Pierre told Canadian outlet RDS. "Especially when you think about Anderson Silva and other guys who were doping and received a lighter suspension compared to [Diaz].

"I think they wanted to make an example out of him to send a message because he's a colorful character who talks a lot and makes a lot of noise. They wanted to make an example out of him like they did in the Olympics with Marion Jones, for example. Unfortunately, it fell on him, but I think everyone is entitled to a second chance."

We need a guy like him in this sport and I hope he will return soon. If I can help him in one [way] or another, without embarrassing me, it would be a pleasure for me to do.-Georges St-Pierre

As many have stated before him, Georges feels that fighters who have failed drug tests for marijuana should be treated differently than those that pop for steroids and other performance enhancers. He also stated that there is no continuing beef or hard feelings between him and Nick, and hopes to see him return to action soon.

"Yes, [marijuana is] a drug, but I think there should be different penalties for certain products competitors use, because this makes no sense," St-Pierre said. "Marijuana could help someone that suffers from anxiety, but it won't make you stronger or more powerful. I don't think it should be judged upon so severely."

"Nick is a very charismatic guy. A lot of people talk about him. But he isn't someone I hate," St-Pierre said. "I hold no ill will towards him. Several things were said before our fight, but it was purely from a sporting perspective. I didn't take any of it personally."

"We need a guy like him in this sport and I hope he will return soon. If I can help him in one [way] or another, without embarrassing me, it would be a pleasure for me to do. I like him a lot and I wish him all the best."