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Despite new UFC drug testing policies in place, Georges St-Pierre still uncertain about return

Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre remains uncertain about his return to combat sports despite the UFC newly minted anti-doping policies with USADA.

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Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre revealed back in 2014 that he would never return to professional competition until his employers implemented third party drug testing. So naturally, when the UFC announced that they would revamp the system to introduce comprehensive out-of-competition random performance enhancing drug (PED) testing, fans and pundits questioned whether one of the greatest mixed martial artists of a generation would announce his return.

However, according to a report on Wednesday's edition of UFC Tonight, St-Pierre is still no closer to announcing his return, despite the significant leeway made with anti-doping policies. According to the source, the policies were a "step in the right direction" but were not the only "reason he decided to walk away from the sport."

While it may not have been his main concern, St-Pierre's constant pressure for the UFC to improve drug testing later helped bring about a new partnership with the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and also hired FBI veteran Jeff Novitzky as the Vice President of Athlete Health and Performance. The new policies included increased testing and harsher punishments.

According to the new policy, which goes into effect in July, fighters will be tested year-round and will be suspended between 2-4 years for the first offence for non-specific substances (steroids, HGH), while the second offence is double the length of that suspension and doubles once more when on the third offence.

The UFC also announced that a minimum of 2750 tests will be conducted each year across the entire UFC roster, which will be administered without advance notice.

St-Pierre has been a self-imposed hiatus since his title defense against Johny Hendricks at UFC 167.

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