Georges St-Pierre believes the USADA program is not foolproof. He was talking in Joe Rogan’s Experience, and said a shocking thing – he likes the program and all related to it but there is a way to trick it. (via MMAMania.com)
In 2013, Georges St-Pierre left UFC and he claimed he won’t return unless they perform some radical measures when it comes to steroid use. That stance led to some big changes in 2015, and USADA started to test all the fighters without exceptions. You would think the new program is enough to bring GSP back but he is still on a thin ice.
“Even now, it’s still easy to [cheat],” St-Pierre told Joe Rogan in a recent episode of his podcast (via MMA Fighting). “Let’s say I want to have an injection of a product that will last in my body for two days or one day. So I know that particular day I cannot be tested, because if I am, I’m screwed.”
“So I put on my [USADA] whereabouts [app] that I’m traveling to freaking Antarctica or anywhere, somewhere that is believable, and then I come back two days after. That substance will stay in my body for a certain period of time, but the effect of it will last maybe a month. And now we’re talking about performance enhancing drugs — people, they misunderstand this.”
“They go, ‘Well yeah, but it still doesn’t make a difference,’” St-Pierre continued. “Yes, it does make the different in an athlete. And the reason, in the eighties and before, [PEDs gave] you more power, more stamina, more endurance. Now, man, with the technology, they have stuff that will change your reaction time, your confidence, your reset time.”
“And this is a huge, huge application, man. If you play baseball or you’re fighting, you see the things coming, you have your reaction time, you’re sharper in the brain. What makes a guy athletic, it’s not his muscle. The reason why Usain Bolt ran faster — there’s many reasons why, but one of the main reasons is because his brain, his nervous system is faster.”
“And if you make your nervous system better and more competent, you’re a better athlete. You’re a better fighter, you’re a better baseball player. You’re a better person, in a way. Of course that effect is limited, but there’s still the muscle memory thing that will last and it could last forever.”
“It’s very hard to catch people,” Georges concluded. “So like I said, it’s easy to take something.”
What do you think, is there a chance Georges St-Pierre will take a very long vacation from fighting after this conversation with Joe Rogan?