Despite many misguided reports that had targeted 2015 for the former UFC welterweight champion to get back in the cage, it now seems less likely than ever that there is anything compelling enough to draw St-Pierre back.
St-Pierre has long said that the problem of rampant performance-enhancing drug use in mixed martial arts is a large part of why he stepped away when he did.
And now, with Silva having tested positive for steroids in an out-of-competition drug test, it seems the problem is reaching a fever pitch. It’s not exactly the scenario in which we should expect St-Pierre to make his comeback.
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St-Pierre told the Le Journal de Montreal recently that he was surprised by Silva’s positive drug test, but wasn’t going to bash him over it. Nor has St-Pierre ever opted to out anyone that he knows or suspects of PEDs use.
“I’m not a rat and I’ll never go public and name names to reporters. My only hope is that we deal with this [PED] problem,” St-Pierre told reporter Kevin Dubé. “I hope if one thing comes out of this, it’s that testing will be done more stringently.”
He’s not holding his breath, however.
“I really don’t know [if this will prompt the UFC to increase out-of-competition drug testing],” said St-Pierre. “Maybe nothing will change. It depends on a lot of people.”
And for those reports that he is returning to the Octagon in 2015, St-Pierre sounded even less encouraging.
“I think some journalists should re-check the credibility of their sources.”