UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre is known as a top pound for pound great. However, with majority of his victories coming via decision, criticism falls upon the champ, claiming he is ‘playing it too safe’ in his title defenses. GSP tells The Toronto Sun that the criticism does in fact ‘bug’ him.
“I want to finish because of the criticism,” said St. Pierre. “I’ve listened to the critics and I want to become more opportunistic.”
“(It bugs me) but at the same time, my last fight wasn’t that great. I got poked in the eye.”
The champ refers to his last match against Jake Shields where he put on an utter dismantling of the former Strikeforce champ, but was critiqued for not ending the one-sided fight.
“I can make up a bunch of excuses but the truth is I’m fighting the best guys all the time and it’s tough competition. You cannot always win by beautiful fashion. The guy that is in front of me is a very good guy. He’s the No. 1 contender all the time and now I’m fighting the (interim) world champ in Carlos Condit. I’m working a lot more on being more opportunistic and it’s going to pay off I’m sure.”
St-Pierre seems to have a different mindset than usual, coming off his long layoff.
“When I see an opportunity, I don’t need to overthink it and I need to go for it,” he says.
“I think that my opponents have become better in time. Sometimes, when you break a guy mentally, he doesn’t fight to win anymore, he fights to not lose and to survive. That minimizes the opportunity for him to be finished. And that’s what’s happening in a lot of my fights and it’s hard to finish a guy who doesn’t fight to win.”
“The biggest challenge is that he’s a very smart, very well-rounded guy,” says St. Pierre, who boasts a 22-2 record.
I’m 120% says GSP in regards to his health.
In regards to the recent talks of St-Pierre fighting Anderson Silva next in a super-fight; the champ does not dispel the rumor as he hints at the possibility of moving up in weight.
“I don’t focus on that right now,” said St. Pierre.
“If I move up to 185-pounds, I’m going to stay at 185 and I’m not coming back.”