UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre will be a sight for sore eyes when he returns to action this November at UFC 154.

It’s been well-over a year since GSP last graced the Octagon. He will face Carlos Condit in a bout to unify the UFC 170-pound titles, as Condit currently wears the interim title status after defeating Nick Diaz.

St-Pierre, who is as critical of his own performances as anyone, was asked recently why he hasn’t been able to secure more finishes in his title defenses. GSP offered up this response in an interview with the Toronto Sun:

I can make up a bunch of excuses, but the truth is, I’m fighting the best guys all the time and it’s tough competition. You cannot always win by beautiful fashion. I’m working a lot more on being more opportunistic and it’s going to pay off I’m sure. I think that my opponents have become better in time.

St-Pierre (22-2) owns eight knockout victories and five more submission triumphs, but has gone the distance in each of his last five title defenses. During a two-year stretch between 2004 and ’06, GSP finished the likes of Matt Hughes, Sean Sherk, Frank Trigg and Dave Strasser.