Many years after they fought, a story about drug testing involving Johny Hendricks and Georges St-Pierre has come out.
Today in the UFC, fighters must undergo rigorous drug testing. The UFC has contracted the U.S Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) to run drug testing both inside and outside of competition. The USADA will show up unannounced to a fighter’s home or gym at any time and request a sample of either blood or urine. If the fighter fails the test, if it reveals any substance in their system that is not allowed, they can be both fined and suspended. The contract with the USADA began in 2015, before that things were a lot more lax in this area.
There have been fighters who were at the top of their game before 2015 and then seemed to his a downward spiral. Some may be accused of taking performance-enhancing drugs and then with the arrival of USADA, stopped and dropped in performance. That is all speculation of course but one man who is at the forefront of that topic in many conversations is Johny Hendricks.
Georges St-Pierre and his team wanted Johny Hendricks drug tested in 2013
From 2007 to 2013 Hendricks was destroying people in the cage. He only lost once in that time and worked his way up to a UFC welterweight title shot against Georges St-Pierre. The two fought in 2013 at UFC 167. The fight was called a split-decision victory for St-Pierre, but at the time many fans thought it was almost too close to call. Now, ten years later, St-Pierre’s longtime head coach is sharing some insight into the fight and how they wanted to check on Hendrick’s levels prior to the bout. Firas Zahabi spoke about this on YouTube.
“I do think he was on PEDs, I do, honestly. His drop-off was so significant,” he said. “When he fought Georges he admitted to being 220 in the Octagon and made 170 and he went up 50 pounds? That’s insane. Georges was probably 185… I think he probably did use PEDs.”
Zahabi went on to detail a phone call he was a part of back during the time of this fight where his team wanted to pay for Hendricks to get tested.
“Me and Georges St-Pierre took it upon ourselves to hire VADA, who’s going to independently test both teams and they’re gonna publish it no matter what the result…The UFC didn’t want to use this group, they wanted to use another group,” he said. “They wanted to use the Nevada State. I offered to pay $10,000 from my own pocket. Georges will pay for one test, I will pay for the other. What happened in the end? Only Georges St-Pierre got drug tested. In the end, we paid VADA to test Georges St-Pierre. Johny Hendricks did not keep his word. He said he would take any test and he did not. Why didn’t he keep his word? You guys tell me.”
After 2015, Hendricks went on to lose five of his last six fights in the UFC. He also missed weight three times from 2015 to 2017. His last fight in the UFC was in 2017. Following his UFC departure he did have one fight in bare-knuckle boxing.