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Georges St-Pierre files retirement papers with UFC, leaves USADA drug-testing pool

Georges St-Pierre is out of the USADA testing pool after retiring from MMA.

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Georges St-Pierre has given the UFC his notice of retirement, and at the same time he has left the USADA drug-testing pool.

St-Pierre ‘happily’ announced his retirement from MMA last month, at a press conference in Montreal. ESPN have since confirmed that the 37-year-old has been removed from the UFC’s drug testing program following his decision to retire.

The UFC’s vice president of athlete health and performance, Jeff Novitzky, told MMA Fighting St-Pierre had gave him written notice of his leave.

“He is out [of the pool],” Novitzky said. “He gave me written notice he’s retired and out of the USADA registered testing pool (RTP). If he were to ever return, he’d have to be back in for six months before competing.”

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Before officially announcing his retirement, the former welterweight and middleweight champion revealed he wanted to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov. Despite the Dagestani also being interested in fighting ‘GSP’, the UFC ‘categorically refused’ the fight.

St-Pierre (26-2) made his professional MMA debut back in 2002, and his success since has meant he has been recognized as one of, if not the, best fighter to grace the sport. His last loss came over twelve years ago, and his last outing in the UFC was a middleweight title win over Michael Bisping at UFC 217 in November 2017.