MANILA, Philippines – Former welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre said the move to ban testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) use among mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters is a step in the right direction.
“I'm glad they actually banned the TRT right now. It was a big problem,” St-Pierre, who went on indefinite leave from the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), told MMA Fighting.
The French-Canadian relinquished the UFC welterweight crown following his controversial decision win over title contender Johny Hendricks last December.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), which grants licenses to fighters competing in Las Vegas, recently decided to ban TRT.
This means Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen, and Dan Henderson can't fight in Las Vegas if they don't stop using TRT.
St-Pierre said that the lack of stringent drug testing was one of the reasons behind his decision to go to “semi-retirement.”
“I did that not to blame the UFC but to change the system... it was one of the reasons, but it's not the only reason,” said St-Pierre.
The MMA superstar, however, admitted that he owes his success to the UFC, the largest MMA promotion in the world.
“UFC has always been great with me, I've always been proud to be part of UFC. They made me who I am,” he said.
“So it's never to put down UFC, I did that to help the UFC help the sport. I truly believe that the sport wants to be known as more mainstream, being organized. Even more there should be testing on drugs, it's a big problem in the sport.”