UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre has waited several months to make his return to the Octagon.
This Saturday night, St-Pierre will finally return to action when he faces Carlos Condit at UFC 154 in Montreal.
So, along with the added pressure GSP faces each time he competes, he’ll also be trying to unify the UFC 170-pound title and make sure his adoring Canadian fan base leaves the Bell Centre happy.
Any added pressure, Mr. St-Pierre?
“I am more pumped than ever,” said GSP, during a recent press conference. “For sure there will be butterflies, but the key is to make them fly in a formation.”
St-Pierre laughed after his own statement, even cracking a joke by saying, “I feel like a poet today.”
This is a stark contrast to typical Georges St-Pierre before a fight, and he admitted that much, as well.
I believe I’m different than I was before. I believe I a more improved version of myself. My last fight (a 2011 win over Jake Shields) was the worst fight. I was burned out mentally and physically. Now, I am happy to be here. Before a fight I used to be, ‘Oh, God,’ and I was tied and wanted to get to the end. Now, I try to appreciate every second, whatever it is, weigh-ins, media, the fight; I want to appreciate every second of it.
St-Pierre is 22-2 in his career and has defended his title six consecutive times. He has topped Shields, Josh Koscheck, Dan Hardy, Thiago Alves, BJ Penn and Jon Fitch since winning the belt from Matt Serra in 2008.
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