Losing more than eighteen months of his career due to injury was the last thing UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre wanted. However, in retrospect, it seems the break in action may have actually been a good thing for GSP.
St-Pierre will face interim title-holder Carlos Condit next month in the main event at UFC 154 where he’ll look to notch his tenth straight win inside the Octagon. He’ll also enter the Octagon in the best shape of his career, both mentally and physically.
“I’m perfectly healthy right now, and I love it,” said St-Pierre in an interview with MMAJunkie Radio. “(Before the injury) I had a lot of pressure and I over-trained. I think that was the main thing. I fixed all that, and I feel like I was reborn and I have the fire again.”
The 22-2 St-Pierre also admitted he’ll be approaching adversaries differently than he did in the past, a move he feels will pay off with more finishes inside the Octagon instead of the decisions he’s often been associated with in the past.
“I need to be more opportunistic,” explained the 31-year old fan-favorite. “My last fight with Jake Shields is a good example. I tried too much for the knockout with the big right hand. I tried to overcome it and got poked in the eye, and I had a lack of patience. A knockout comes when you don’t expect it to come.”
As such, St-Pierre feels his newfound lack of anxiety to score stoppages will actually produce more of them in the future, as he’ll let action unfold in front of him and react to it rather than press unnecessarily. Then again, considering Condit hasn’t been put away via TKO/submission in more than six years, their November 17 meeting may not be the best barometer of how successful St-Pierre’s strategy actually is.
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