Heading into Georges St. Pierre’s more recent fights with Carlos Condit and Nick Diaz, there were certainly reasons to believe the welterweight champ’s reign might come to an end, but most people didn’t really expect that to happen. In the end, the consensus opinion was right, as GSP worked his way to UD wins over both contenders.
As the champion’s UFC 167 bout with Johny Hendricks nears, however, there seems to be more uncertainty in the air in terms of St. Pierre’s historic title run. Of course, a big reason for that is the fearsome, one punch knockout power Hendricks possesses. While speaking to the media about “Bigg Rigg” and his famous left hand Monday, here is some of what St. Pierre had to say (comments via MMA Fighting.com):
“I know in this fight I’m going to get hit. You don’t have a fight without getting hit most of the time,” St.Pierre said.
“I’m not scared of it. I believe it’s most likely. The chances are that, yes, I’m going to get hit. If you get hit as you’re scared, that’s when you take all the attack. You have to be ready for it.”
As GSP proceeded to note, however, there’s a lot more to Hendricks than the big left that is constantly showcased on promo footage.
“People talk a lot about his left hand. But I don’t only focus on that. Johny is a very well-rounded fighter, and he’s got a lot more than this,’ added St. Pierre. “He’s got a great right hook, an uppercut lead, great double leg. He’s very well-rounded, and his jiu-jitsu, we haven’t seen much of it, (but) I’m sure he’s pretty good. He’s training with Marc Laimon, who’s one of the best. So I’m not focused only on the one thing. I’m focused on a lot of things and I’ve prepared myself the best I can be.”
It’s going to be a fascinating night. If GSP wins, he’ll be one title defense away from tying Anderson Silva’s record of 10. Crazy.
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