The subject of Anderson Silva’s recent failed drug test is close to former long-time welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre heart given that he himself has often been linked to a ‘superfight’ with the middleweight star, and for several years has been calling for the sports Performance Enhancing Drugs culture to be cleaned up.
“The fight should be cancelled because it’s cheating, it’s a biological weapon that you have,” St. Pierre told the Canadian Press when asked about Silva testing positive for steroids prior to his fight with Nick Diaz on January 31st. “If I fight someone with a knife and the promoter and the organization know I have a knife. I’m bringing a knife into the fight, they should not let me fight because I’m carrying a weapon.
“A performance-enhancing drug is the same thing, it’s a biological weapon. It’s an advantage that you have over your opponent that you should not be able to compete with. Because you put the health of the competitor in jeopardy.
“We’re not playing golf, we’re not racing, we’re fighting. Every time we fight we put our lives, our well-being in jeopardy.”
Silva wasn’t looking to take aim at Silva personally though, instead preferring to focus on the bigger picture.
“I don’t want to talk about one individual, I want to talk about the system. The system is a big problem in the sport of mixed martial arts. It’s something that I believe the UFC and fighters should confront and deal with it. Because if you don’t deal with it right now, it’s going to get worse and worse and worse.”
St. Pierre is currently on an indefinite leave from the sport of MMA after vacating his title at the end of 2013. Since then he has indicated that a lack of stringent testing in the UFC is one of the main factors that would discourage him from entering the octagon again.
A meeting between the Canadian star and UFC bosses late last year sparked hope that he might be set to return in 2015, but according to his manager he has no plans to make a comeback this year and recent incidents like Jon Jones testing positive for cocaine, Nick Diaz for Marijuana and Silva for steroids in January alone certainly doesn’t help.