Only days after an epic fight between Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz, both fighters were revealed to have failed drug tests.
Semi-retired UFC legend Georges St-Pierre spoke out on failed drug tests of Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz following UFC 183 and said the organization needs to change the testing rules.
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In an interview with Le Journal de Montreal’s Kevin Dubé, St-Pierre implied that he wasn’t surprised that either Silva or Diaz (let alone both) were pegged with failed drug tests.
Silva, who won the fight with Diaz at UFC 183 by unanimous decision after five rounds, tested positive for anabolic steroids. Diaz tested positive for marijuana metabolites.
“I don’t wish them any ill will; it’s terrible what happened to Anderson Silva – to his career, and also to him physically,” St-Pierre said. “It’s not my intention to bash anyone, either.”
The former UFC Welterweight Champion told Le Journal that unless UFC changes its drug policy to year-round random drug-testing that he has no intention of returning.
“My only hope is that we deal with this (PED) problem,” St-Pierre said. “I hope if one thing comes out of this, it’s that testing will be done more stringently… It depends on a lot of people.”
St-Pierre has a 25-2 career MMA record and has been out of UFC and mixed martial arts since vacating the UFC Welterweight Championship on December 13, 2013. The retirement came one month after St-Pierre successfully defended the title against Johnny Hendricks at UFC 167. St-Pierre announced in March 2014 that he suffered an ACL tear that would keep him out of fighting until October 2014. He has yet to announce any sort of plans for a return to MMA.
St-Pierre was the last fighter Nick Diaz had fought in a Welterweight Title match at UFC 158. St-Pierre won the fight by unanimous decision. It would also be Diaz’s last fight for 22 months before UFC 183.