Written By Carlin Bardsley
Hot on the heels of the release of his documentary “Takedown: The DNA of GSP”, St. Pierre dropped in to a The Fifth Social Club Toronto to meet and greet fans as well as give a few words to the media.
St. Pierre left the UFC under a cloud of controversy. Some, including UFC President Dana White, felt that GSP came up short in his last title defence against Johny Hendricks, where St. Pierre eked out a split decision victory.
UFC brass were also taken aback when St. Pierre announced after the fight that he was taking an indefinite hiatus. But the toll of ruling over the welterweight division for the past seven years had been a heavy one. Not only physically but mentally as well. GSP alluded to issues in his personal life that he wanted to address and also revealed to CBC that he suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder.
But rumours persisted that one of the lesser talked about reasons for GSP leaving was UFC’s reaction to St. Pierre’s insistence on using enhanced drug testing in the Hendricks fight. Hendricks wound up declining the option, and the UFC was not supportive of GSP’s efforts. White called GSP’s concerns “ridiculous” and added that “everything GSP says [lately] is a little kooky.”
St. Pierre spoke to MMAxposed exclusively on the subject, insisting that he harbours no grudge against White or the UFC, but adding: “I want to attack the system. If we change the system, we take care of the problem. If we change one individual or one organization, it might be a problem somewhere else. I wanted to attack the system because there’s a big problem in the system. Unfortunately, I tried to make things happen and they didn’t. I think [stricter drug testing] is the next step for the sport to become more legit, more mainstream.”
Only time will tell if GSP’s crusade against performance enhancing drugs and desire for enhanced testing will be adopted by the major MMA organizations. In the meantime, the world waits to see if GSP will return to the sport to claim the welterweight title he vacated with his absence. In the interim, the best chance fans may have to see “Rush” is to grab a Bacardi and coke at an event like this one.
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