Johny Hendricks has said that he doesn't care if UFC Welterweight champion Georges St Pierre is on any drugs, as long as he turns up for their fight at UFC 167.
The two have had a rather public spat about which drug testing service they should be using, with Hendricks' party finding GSP's use of VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency) to be suspicious and instead opting to use WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency), as recommended by the NSAC (Nevada State Athletic Commission), who're overseeing UFC 167.
The reason for Hendricks' switch was because St Pierre's party said they would be paying for their own testing, but it later emerged that VADA would be covering St Pierre's fee, as a way of thanks for St Pierre choosing their services.
While both parties have since gone back-and-forth with subtle accusations against the other, this is the first time that one of the fighters has addressed it themselves and now Hendricks is saying he'll take any test, any time - just as long as St Pierre doesn't back out of their fight in November.
"I know I'm not on anything but I don't want to run him off. I need him to show up that night, and legal or not, I'm not saying he isn't and I'm not saying he is, but legal or not, I need him to show up so I can get a shot at that (belt) he carries around." Said the no.1 contender.
Hendricks, who won his shot with a unanimous decision victory over Carlos Condit in March, explained his side of the story with regards to the doping agency drama.
"We talked to the Nevada State Commission and they had nothing but good things to say about WADA," he said.
"They've had some run-ins with VADA, and Matt Mitrione and some guys there's things that happened that questioned you to go there. Here I am on the biggest fight in my career throwing my trust into GSP that he's not in with him. Why is he pushing VADA so hard? There's a lot of red flags to throw up for me. That's why I said I'm not going to play into your game. If you want to test me, I will gladly do the Nevada State Commission whatever they give me or I want to do WADA."
"I know I'm going to pass it whether they come three times or they come 10 times because that's my goal. I'm going to crush it."
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