UFC welterweight champion Georges St.
may end up fighting middleweight king Anderson
next year, but GSP did not relish his obligation to
continually address the hypothetical super-fight leading up to his
title defense against Carlos
at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
Following his hard-fought victory over “The Natural Born Killer” on
Saturday night, St. Pierre (Pictured, file photo) spoke candidly
about the situation, revealing his irritation at being forced to
address a potential clash with “The Spider” following an 18-month
inactive stretch brought on by injuries.
“I think what pissed me off a little bit was that I hadn’t even
come back yet. I was fighting Carlos Condit and everybody was
asking me about Anderson Silva. I think it was disrespectful to me
and disrespectful to my opponent,” St. Pierre said at tonight’s
post-fight press conference. “I think you should give more credit
to the challengers I have. They are the best in the world, and I
need to focus on my opponent and not focus on the next step.”
St. Pierre -- who returned to the cage Saturday after tearing his
ACL last winter -- put forth a vintage showing against Condit in
the evening’s pay-per-view headliner, grinding the interim titlist
down over five rounds en route a unanimous decision win. Though St.
Pierre’s performance was an impressive one, he later admitted that
this bout was one of the toughest of his career.
“This fight and the Jon Fitch fight
were the two fights where I was really pushed to the edge,” said
St. Pierre. “I knew it was going to be hard, and it was, especially
in the beginning. The Octagon feel is something that you lose after
a certain time. I wasn’t breaking, but mentally, you have to
[continually] push, and that’s something I haven’t felt for a long
time. I’m happy. I gave everything I had and left it all in the
Octagon. I was exhausted. I have no regrets, and I fought the best
I could. I had fun tonight.”
St. Pierre was not having fun early in the third round, however,
when Condit clipped the returning champion with a high kick that
sent him reeling to the canvas. Despite obviously hurting St.
Pierre, the former WEC ruler could not find the finish, and the
champion ended the frame in top position following a takedown.
“Before, when I got hit hard, sometimes I was a proud guy and tried
to give it back right away,” said St. Pierre of the knockdown. “My
experience I gained through all my fighting allowed me to
recompose, defend myself and come back stronger. It was experience
that allowed me to survive and come back after I got hit by that
The champion then sealed the deal by blasting Condit with straight
punches and scoring with more takedowns in the final two frames.
Though Condit gamely attempted to catch the two-time UFC king with
submissions off his back, St. Pierre’s defense proved excellent for
the duration of the bout. Likewise, Condit switched between and
open and closed guard, keeping St. Pierre honest while in top
“I have to give Carlos credit, because he is the No. 1 guy. People
forget, sometimes, that I’m fighting the best guys in the world.
They say, ‘Oh, no finish?’ But the finish is not always easy,” said
St. Pierre. “I studied Carlos a lot. He has a very special style,
and he is a very clever guy. He only has one takedown in the UFC,
but he baits submissions [off his back] and ends up on top.
“Sometimes, I felt like he left me some openings to go for
submissions, and I didn’t go,” the champion continued. “I wanted to
play more ground-and-pound and [avoid] the mistake I made against
Hardy by only going for submissions. I wanted to hurt him with
This victory now only hours behind him, St. Pierre has already been
confronted with questions about whom he will next face. Naturally,
Silva was mentioned, as was Johny
Hendricks, who likely became the welterweight division’s new
No. 1 contender after starching Martin
Kampmann in tonight’s co-main event. Nevertheless, the champion
says he will take his time before deciding where he will go from
“We’ll see what happens,” said St. Pierre. “I have to talk to the
boss (Dana White), and we’ll see. I just finished my fight and got
hit a lot on the head, so I need to take some vacation before I
make a decision like this.”
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