Former UFC welterweight champion George St. Pierre said part of the reason he vacated his belt was due to the UFC’s lax drug testing.

“It bothered me greatly — it was one of the reasons I decided to step aside,” he said

UFC President Dana White called St. Pierre’s statements, “shocking, weird” and “insane.”

“George St. Pierre is the one who said he wanted to do the extra drug testing, because he wanted to prove he wasn’t on drugs,” he said.

With St. Pierre putting himself on the shelf, there will be plenty of time to see how this saga unfolds…

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UFC Fight Night 35 saw former Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold get his first win in the UFC with a TKO victory with via liver kick over Constantinos Philippou in the main event of the night.

Here are the results from the main card:

Brad Tavares def. Lorenz Larkin (Decision)
T.J. Dillashaw def. Mike Easton (Decision)
Yoel Romero def. Derek Brunson (TKO)
John Moraga def. Dustin Ortiz (Decision)
Cole Miller def. Sam Sicilia (Submission)

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World Series of Fighting 8 crowned its first lightweight champion, when the undefeated Justin Gaethje took out Richard Patishnock with punches and elbows in the first round.

The co-main event featured former UFC welterweight contender Anthony “Rumble” Johnson taking on Mike Kyle – and after feeling each other out in the first — Johnson caught Kyle with an overhand right that sent him out cold, putting another KO on Johnson’s record.

Also on the main card:
Jessica Aguilar def. Aida Gray (Submission)
Cody Bollinger def. Tyson Nam (Decision)
Luis Palomino def. Jorge Patino (KO)

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The UFC announced a bout between heavyweight contenders Fabricio Werdum (17-5-1) and Travis Browne (16-1-1) April 19 on Fox.

Werdum was slated to fight UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, but Velasquez needed shoulder surgery following his fight with Junior Dos Santos.

Velasquez is expected to return later this year, with the winner of Werdum/Browne next in line for a title shot.

The co-main even will feature bantamweight contenders Miesha Tate (13-5) and Liz Carmouche (9-4), both with losses to champion Ronda Rousey. Tate has lost both of her fights in the UFC, with Carmouche winning only once in three fights with the organization.

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 David Kano is lead writer for MMA Show News and co-host of The Hollywood MMA Show. You can follow him on Twitter @TheDKano.

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