Failed drug tests 'tip of the iceberg': St. Pierre on UFC

Georges St. Pierre isn’t pulling any punches.

The Canadian MMA icon didn’t name names or publicly criticize Anderson Silva on Monday, but St.

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Pierre also didn’t hold back about his concerns over performance enhancing drugs when he gave his first interview since Silva’s failed drug test was made public last week.

Speaking to the MMAHour’s Ariel Helwani, St. Pierre suggested there’ll be a whole lot more failed tests on the way.

“I think it’s the tip of the iceberg, to tell you the truth,” St. Pierre said. “I believe there’s a lot of guys who are going to get caught. A lot of fighters in MMA know it’s a big problem. The guys that know MMA well and are in competition, they can tell you it’s a big problem, even if they don’t want to admit it. And it’s probably the tip of the iceberg.

“It’s a big problem and they need to find out what to do with it.”

Monday wasn’t the first time St. Pierre’s come out hard against drug use in MMA, as he was an advocate for volunteer out-of-competition testing long before he stepped away from the sport following his win over Johny Hendricks at UFC 162 in late 2013.

While there were some who questioned his motivations at the time, St. Pierre now appears to be something of a soothsayer.

Since the calendar turned to 2015, there have been four high-profile positive drug tests in MMA -- although Jon Jones was caught for cocaine and Nick Diaz was caught for marijuana, which aren’t generally seen as “performance-enhancing” drugs.

Silva was found to have drostalone and androsterone metabolites in his system in a Jan. 9 test, and St. Pierre’s opponent at UFC 87 in 2008, Jon Fitch, failed a drug test for his fight with Rousimar Palhares last week.

None of it has shocked St. Pierre, who defended his welterweight title nine times during his illustrious UFC career.

“I was not surprised that a lot of guys got busted, I’m not surprised,” St. Pierre said in the online interview. “It’s going to be other names coming up. That’s what you guys don’t understand, if they keep doing the right testing it’s going to be other guys coming up.

“I’m not a rat, I don’t want to say names, but I want to change the system and what it shows is now we’ve got a big problem and they need to do something with it.”

While St-Pierre’s mostly said his reasons for walking away from fighting were related to fatigue and lingering health issues, he’s also insisted he won’t fight again until a better drug-testing system is in place in the UFC.

He’s advocated for having athletes sign up for the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association program, and while he didn’t get into specifics in Monday’s interview, he reiterated that fight fans shouldn’t expect to see him in the octagon again unless better testing is put in place.

“The conditions for me to return, if I want to return, I need my fight to be tested by an organization that is independent and competent,” St. Pierre said.

“It needs to be done; otherwise I’m not coming back. I’m wealthy, I’m healthy, I don’t need to put my life at risk.”

St-Pierre also rejected any suggestion that he had somehow been elevated to best-of-all-time status as the result of Silva’s test.

“I don’t elevate myself,” he said, “when people are getting dragged down,”

SILVA OUT AS COACH

In the days following Silva’s positive test, the UFC insisted the former middleweight champion would still be a coach on the upcoming season of the Ultimate Fighter.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has now squashed those plans.

NASC chairman Francisco Aguilar told MMAFighting.com it was a simple decision, as anyone who corners a fight in Nevada needs a license. Because Silva is temporarily -- at least -- suspended due to the failed drug test, there was no way he’d get a license.

Former interim heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira will step in to replace Silva.



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