UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre (22-2) has no illusions about what a good number of fans are expecting to see from him on November 17 when he puts his title on the line against Carlos Condit (28-5) at UFC 154. GSP has been out of action since April 2011 due to a pair of knee injuries including a torn ACL and, as a result, the 31-year old will likely be a bit rusty when the cage door closes.
However, St-Pierre plans to surprise some folks by picking up exactly where he left off as far as competitive ability goes rather than star slow despite the difficulty of having been sidelined for more than a year.
“The hardest part to being out for so long is to be inactive, to be unable to do what you like to do for a living. This will be the biggest challenge of my whole career. I have to fight the toughest opponent I ever fought. I have to come back from a long layoff, a big inactive period of time,” said the focused St-Pierre in an interview with the UFC before adding, “I’m not afraid of Carlos Condit. I hope Condit focuses on targeting my knee. It’s not a weak link anymore. There is nothing that I can’t do now that I was able to do before.”
When it comes to beating Condit to earn a seventh straight title-defense (and tenth consecutive win), “Rush” doesn’t seem to be looking for any specific weaknesses based on his former teammate’s polished skill-set and ability to fight in whatever manner is required to beat an adversary. Condit proved his savvy in February by picking Nick Diaz apart instead of being drawn in to an all-out brawl, earning a decision win and the right to fight St-Pierre in the process.
“The most interesting thing Carlos has is his capacity for adaptation. He can adapt to any opponent he fights. That’s why he’s so good. He’s very skilled but he’s also very smart,” offered St-Pierre on his opponent.
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