One of the biggest victories in Georges St.Pierre‘s decorated fighting career didn’t come easy for the UFC welterweight champion.
An already tough fight got a little bit tougher for GSP in the fourth round of his UFC 100 title defense against Thiago Alves as he unexpectedly tore something in his groin.
According to St.Pierre on his UFC 100 blog for Yardbarker.com, the pain was excruciating. Luckily for him, he had one of the best trainers in the business to go back to between rounds, and Greg Jackson had some Yoda-like words of wisdom that helped GSP to push through the pain.
“The fight is going well until the fourth round when I try an arm-bar from his back and something happened…I felt my right abductor cracking…something went wrong. I hear the noise of the ligament ripping. I end up in my guard and Thiago Alves landing big shot on me. I hold his head down, I wrap his arm, protect myself and I make a prayer in my head: “Please God, help me to get out of this situation, I work so hard to win this fight and give me the strength to keep going and fight well.” I found a way to stand up – I pushed my thighs and pushing in his hips and I stand back up, and even though I’m in a lot of pain I keep fighting.
“Round four, when I came back in my corner I told my trainer Greg Jackson that I pulled my groin. All of my trainers are very worried. Greg Jackson answers back to me, “I don’t care! This is how champions are made! Fight on it and hit him with your groin! I thought I was kind of funny (afterward) but it was not funny during the fight.”
Humorous or not, St.Pierre found the testicular fortitude between rounds to propel him onwards to victory.
Would something as petty as a grotesquely torn groin prevent the welterweight champ from partying like a rock star following his most recent title defense? Forget about it. GSP is a warrior in more ways than one.
“The next day I went at a pool party at Rehab with all my friends who came to support me. We had a booth (cabana) and it was great spot in the place. I drank so much that I forgot my whole name. It was very cool because at one time, Thiago Alves showed up with his entourage and came in my booth (cabana) and drinking with me and congratulate me for the fight. I thought he was a class act and that prove that he was a real professional athlete and a real good person and a gentleman. I really appreciated it, he’s a great fighter and also a great gentleman, and we had a good time drinking together. John Fitch showed up as well, and we celebrate together our victories.”