In less than two weeks a moment more than a year in the making will take place when UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre takes to the Octagon after a series of knee injuries. GSP has been shelved since April 2011, returning in grand fashion as a headliner in his hometown of Montreal at UFC 154 where he’ll face talented interim title-holder Carlos Condit.
Before the two clash in the cage, St-Pierre and Condit will mix it up with media this afternoon in a conference call. Also on the line will be UFC President Dana White.
As usual, Five Ounces of Pain will be dialed in and reporting real time highlights/quotes back to our readers as things unfold.
- “I don’t care about Anderson Silva. He can do whatever he wants.”
- Taking career one fight at a time
- Reiterates that he’s out to be more opportunistic, jump on openings
- Still interested in fighting Nick Diaz at some point but he’s thinking about Condit, nothing else
- Says he wasn’t burned out but he just wasn’t enjoying fighting as much as he used to, but now his fire is back / “Now, Idon’t want to go on vacation. I want to enjoy every second of it.”
- Feels like an underdog
- Doesn’t think GSP’s extended absence will be an issue and expects him to be as good or better than he was before
- Would like to be part of a UFC card in Mexico
- Motivated by the number of people overlooking him and towards a super-fight with Silva (though he doesn’t feel GSP is among them)
- Thinks a fight between GSP-Silva would definitely be interesting / “There’s always that interest in seeing who really is the best, but first things first – Georges and I have to do our thing.”
- “I’m gonna be the undisputed champion.”
- Calls GSP the “biggest PPV star in the UFC”
- Labels Condit as being underrated and deserving more credit / “He’s got great ground skills, knockout power…”
- “This is far from an easy fight for Georges St-Pierre. This is a very tough fight.”
- Says having GSP out for a year sucked
- Not looking at doing Condit vs. Silva / “Carlos Condit wins the title and he’ll defend it against whoever is next.”
- Isn’t sure where Diaz will fit in when he’s eventually licensed again
- Sees three options as venues for St-Pierre/Silva – Cowboys Stadium, in Toronto, and a soccer stadium in Brazil