Former UFC welterweight champion, Georges St. Pierre was on TSN’s Off The Record with Michael Landsberg to promote this new movie, Takedown: The DNA of GSP, and in the interview he addressed certain issues that were recently making headlines.
In the interview with Landsberg, GSP was asked what his goal was in regards to drug testing.
“I was mad, not at the beginning, at the beginning I was taking it as a compliment for my athletic ability. But it was always there like an insect, like pick-pick-pick, at one point it became annoying.” GSP explained. “The highest standard in testing, I’m gonna choose it and I’m gonna make it.”—“I wanted to prove a point that you could be a champion without using drugs”
When asked if he thought he fought anybody on drugs: “I cannot answer this question” St. Pierre said with a smile. “But it’s a lot of people on drugs. I’m never sure 100%.”—“I don’t want to accuse any individual. The reason is if I accuse one individual, 20 others will arrive. What I want to attack, I want to attack the system. I don’t want to attack the individual. And people have to understand I don’t want to attack the UFC. I’m one of the guys that stands for the sport, stand for the UFC. I want to do that to help the brand, help the sport. I’m one of the guys that fight for the legitimacy of my sport. And the reason why I want to do this is because right now I think it’s a big problem. And when I came out publicly with this, I had so many text messages about guys that are afraid to speak. Not even fighters, reporters, they’re are afraid to lose their credentials. But they tell me it’s like ‘you’re doing the right thing, we support you’. I had a talk with Lorenzo, and I think it’s going to be a good thing. It’s going to be a lot of change, it’s going to be all good for the sport. And it’s the next step for us to reach even more people, to be more legitimate.”
GSP was also asked about the relationship between him and UFC president Dana White, after they previously had words to say about each other through the media. Most notably Dana telling GSP, if he wants to be a man then he should pick up the phone and give us a call.
“I talked to Lorenzo. Lorenzo’s the boss” GSP said, when asked if he had spoken to Dana White since the comments.
He also cleared things up with his views on Dana, “Dana you have to understand, I’m not afraid. Obviously I’m not afraid, I’m not afraid either. But I’m not angry at Dana. Because Dana is the promoter, he said stuff, I don’t take personal the stuff he said. Because Dana he’s a promoter, and it’s his role as a businessman. He wants to make a rematch because it’s going to attract a lot of people. That’s his role. He doesn’t care if you like it, or love it, or hate it. He wants you to tune in. That’s the main role of Dana White.” GSP said, going on to compliment the UFC president, “He did it well, everybody reacted. But he doesn’t care people are like ‘oh he’s so bad’. He’s not, he’s a promoter. He’s probably the best promoter in the world right now, in all sports combined.”
The full Off The Record 2-part interview can be seen below: