UFC interim welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre recently spent some time with Jose Rodriguez of the Winnipeg Sun to conduct an interview.
During the interview, Rodriguez asked St. Pierre not only about his verbal falling out last year with current UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra, his opponent this coming Saturday in Montreal at UFC 83, but also his response to Pete Sell’s claim that St. Pierre is a “mental midget.”
Q: After the last Serra fight you two had a falling-out and Serra called you a headcase. He said you respectfully took the loss, then made excuses weeks later about not taking Serra seriously and not being 100%. What is the state of relations with your opponent?
A: He has said what he has said. It’s too late to do anything about that now. I’m not mad at him. I’m going to fight with my heart and that’s how I do best. I think the last fight I had against Matt Serra made me grow up a lot. I had a lot of obstacles in my life. People have no idea what I went through before the Serra fight. A lot of things happened that I want to keep private because for me, as a professional mixed martial arts fighter, I have a public life and I accept that people talk about me. But there are people in my family and my entourage involved with what was happening at that time and I have to respect their private life. Someone close died, but it’s not only that, a lot of things happened at that time. It would not be right for me to talk about it, even though it would justify a lot of things. I can say I will never let things that happen to me in my personal life get inside my head.
Q: One of Serra’s proteges, Pete Sell, recently called you a mental midget and said “GSP is the type of guy that if they were in a bar, GSP would back down from a fight while Serra is down for whatever.” What are your thoughts on that?
A: Of course I’m not going to fight in a club. It’s just not my thing. If it doesn’t involve me personally or my family, I will avoid it. I believe if you’re a good person and treat people nicely, that incident wouldn’t arise. I think those situations happen to people who are uncomfortable with themselves. Or try to look tough or act like fighters. You attract what you look like. I don’t have anything to prove. When I fight, I do it for a living.
St. Pierre sounds like he’s in the right frame of mind. Then again, he always says the right things.
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