UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre may end up fighting middleweight king Anderson Silva next year, but GSP did not relish his obligation to continually address the hypothetical super-fight leading up to his UFC 154 title defense against Carlos Condit 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 kick.”

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 position.

“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 Dan Hardy by only going for submissions. I wanted to hurt him with my strikes.”

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 here.

“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.”

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

UFC 199 Countdown Video: Rockhold vs. Bisping 2

  • 27 days ago
  • 79 views

Luke Rockhold makes his first title defense, as Michael Bisping gets his long-awaited shot at the belt. UFC 199 Countdown takes you inside the lives and training camps. read news >>

Dan Henderson: I Could Be Persuaded to Retire (UFC 199 Video)

  • 27 days ago
  • 10 views

At 45 years of age, Dan Henderson has been fielding questions about possibly retiring for several years. He now appears ready to entertain the idea. read news >>

Can Luke Rockhold Be Anderson Silva's True Successor as Middleweight Kingpin?

  • 27 days ago
  • 5 views

Since losing his UFC debut to Vitor Belfort in May 2013, Luke Rockhold has been on a devastating run. He has finished all five of his opponents, three by submission and two with strikes, and only one read news >>

UFC 199 Q&A with Flyweight Champ Demetrious Johnson Video Replay

  • 26 days ago
  • 8 views

Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson fielded questions from the fans prior to the official UFC 199: Rockhold vs. Bisping 2 weigh-in on Friday at The Forum in Los Angeles. read news >>

UFC 199 Results: 5 Burning Questions Heading into UFC Fight Night 89

  • 23 days ago
  • 19 views

UFC 199 is in the books. The results are as follows: UFC 199 Main Card Michael Bisping def. Luke Rockhold, TKO (Round 1, 3:36) Dominick Cruz def. Urijah Faber, unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 49-46 read news >>

Andre Harrison Confident Heading into Latest Titan FC Title Defense

  • 20 days ago
  • 10 views

Undefeated featherweight champion Andre Harrison is confident heading into his next title defense against Deivison Ribeiro at Titan FC 39. read news >>

Michael Bisping Talks Dan Henderson, Georges St-Pierre Before UFC Title Defense

  • 12 days ago
  • 94 views

Michael Bisping is eyeing Dan Henderson and Georges St-Pierre as potential opponents after winning the UFC Middleweight championship at UFC 199, and he sounded off on the possible challengers Friday. read news >>

10 Burning Questions Heading into UFC 200 Triple-Header

  • 9 days ago
  • 64 views

UFC Fight Night 89 is in the books. The results are as follows (h/t B/R's own Craig Amos): Fight Night 89 Main Card Stephen Thompson def. Rory MacDonald, unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 48-47) Dona read news >>

Will Ronda Rousey ever rebound from Holly Holm loss? (Yahoo Sports)

  • 8 days ago
  • 41 views

From Yahoo Sports: Rousey's disappearing act since her defeat leaves questions as to where she's at mentally and whether we'll ever see her fight again. read news >>

Will Ronda Rousey ever rebound from Holly Holm loss? (Yahoo Sports)

  • 8 days ago
  • 22 views

From Yahoo Sports: Rousey's disappearing act since her defeat leaves questions as to where she's at mentally and whether we'll ever see her fight again. read news >>