Georges St. Pierre may catch flack from critics for not finishing fights, but there’s no questioning the fact he is one of the sport’s best examples of a mixed-martial-artist. GSP is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, a multifaceted striker and one of MMA’s best wrestlers. This is why the UFC champion has won 11 straight fights and has defeated many of the planet’s best welterweights along the way.

To become an expert in the various disciplines of MMA, GSP has trained with the best of the best in wrestling, boxing, jiu-jitsu etc. It’s the way the Canadian fighter has not only kept up with the competition, and in many cases, surpassed it. Recently excerpts from St. Pierre’s new book “The Way of the Fight” were released, which provide some interesting insights into why the 31 year-old is just that good.

That’s why “innovate or die” rings true for me. My whole life, I’ve been fascinated by the natural world and how animals survive or become extinct. The study of dinosaurs is especially interesting because those creatures aren’t here anymore, and they were the biggest, fiercest living things on the planet. Meanwhile, rats and cockroaches survive.”

“I fight knockout artists, grapplers, kickers, wrestlers, punchers–the whole gamut. I have to keep adapting to new hostile environments because what happens in the octagon is ever-changing. This is ingrained in my mind, and I’ve adapted my training to accept and prepare for it. …”

It will be interesting to see how St. Pierre adapts his training to the hostile environment known as Johny Hendricks.

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