Will Georges St-Pierre Change After Listening to Critics or Is It All a Smoke Screen?


Georges St Pierre Sept GSP 2012_1957If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

It’s a pretty simple philosophy, and when it comes to Georges St-Pierre, it should almost be a way of life.

Since a 2007 upset loss to Matt Serra, St-Pierre has been the picture of consistency. Nine straight victories while only losing a couple of rounds along the way, and a streak of dominance rarely seen in the UFC.

But when you reach such great heights of excellence, there are always going to be detractors that will criticize even the greatest of athletes. In St-Pierre’s case it’s been his inability to finish opponents despite decimating them for the better part of 25-minutes each time he steps into the cage.

As great as St-Pierre has been however, he doesn’t have the finishing rate like a fighter such as Anderson Silva or even UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones when it comes to title fights.

In his last six performances, St-Pierre has gone a perfect 6-0 but finished only one opponent, B.J. Penn, and he retired on the stool unable to make it out for a fifth and final round.

So as he heads into his return bout at UFC 154 after more than a year away from the sport, St-Pierre has been listening to the criticism, and believes some of the points made have merit behind them.

“I need to be more opportunistic and I listen to the critics, and I want to be more opportunistic and be jumping on more opportunity when I finish, that’s what I’ve been working on a lot,” St-Pierre told MMAWeekly.com.

“It’s important the critics are there to make me better. I don’t think of it as a negative, I think of it as a positive thing.”

Still it’s hard to argue with St-Pierre’s performance, even if he’s not putting opponents away with flashy knockouts or bone crunching submissions. The French-Canadian has taken out the best of the best at 170lbs for years, and for the most part made it look fairly easy.

Maybe that’s what’s so hard to accept about St-Pierre’s inability to finish, or unwillingness to take those chances, is because he is so talented and so naturally gifted that it should be so easy to land the perfect punch or catch the right submission.

But is St-Pierre really willing to change a style that’s earned him six straight title defenses and a spot as the face of the UFC?

He says he’s becoming more opportunistic, but out of all of his past fights, St-Pierre only points to one that he was really not happy with his performance.

“I’m very happy with the Jon Fitch fight, maybe the one fight I’m not happy with is my last one with Jake Shields,” said St-Pierre. “I didn’t look good, I’m sure I could have done better and when I finished that fight I was not happy.

“B.J. Penn, I finished. B.J. Penn he didn’t come back for the fifth round, if he would have given me five more minutes, I guarantee I would have finished him.”

No matter what St-Pierre does against Carlos Condit at UFC 154 short of a first round finish it will likely put the critics back in action, wondering why one of the most dominant champions in UFC history isn’t more dominant.

St-Pierre says he’s listening, but more likely he’s appeasing the audience and telling them what they want to hear. The truth is St-Pierre’s supremacy has been flawless, and it’s not likely anything will be changing any time soon.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

  • 23 days ago
  • 8 views

Contrary to various reports, Georges St-Pierre currently has no plans to return to fighting. According to MMAFighting.com's Ariel Helwani, St-Pierre’s former manager, Stephane Patry, reported to RDS read news >>

  • 23 days ago
  • 16 views

When Georges St-Pierre walked away from mixed martial arts, a casualty of injury, burnout and concerns about the UFC's permissive performance-enhancing drugs culture, the sport lost more than a great read news >>

  • 23 days ago
  • 3 views

Go ahead and exhale, fight fans, because "GSP" isn't in a "Rush" to get back into the cage. Despite comments to RDS.ca from his former manager stating otherwise, Georges St-Pierre is not coming back read news >>

  • 24 days ago
  • 15 views

Earlier this week, Renzo Gracie said on "The MMA Hour" that he was certain Georges St-Pierre would return to fighting in the future. On Wednesday, St-Pierre's former manager Stephane Patry reported o read news >>

  • 27 days ago
  • 28 views

Conor McGregor convinced many people of his star potential with a first-round knockout of Dustin Poirier on Saturday at UFC 178, but no one more so than UFC President Dana White.Filed under: Featured read news >>

  • 26 days ago
  • 18 views

Conor McGregor is a legit star, but according to Dana White, he's even bigger than Brock Lesnar and Georges St-Pierre. Do you agree? Conor McGregor quickly knocked out Dustin Poirier at UFC 178, back read news >>

  • 23 days ago
  • 0 views

Despite recent reports, Georges St-Pierre's trainer, Firas Zahabi says the former champion has no plans to return to the UFC at this time. read news >>

  • 21 days ago
  • 8 views

LAS VEGAS – He’s obviously a biased party, but we recently caught up with former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre during a promotional gig and had him break down tonight’s UFC Fight Night read news >>

  • 18 days ago
  • 0 views

Speculation continues to swirl regarding former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and a possible comeback to mixed martial arts, as St-Pierre is scheduled to ease back into training at the read news >>

Jump to: