Former UFC welterweight and middleweight champion Georges St Pierre is one of greatest UFC fighters of all time. In fact, GSP made a statement that he doesn’t like fighting.
St-Pierre didn’t compete since his UFC 217 victory over Michael Bisping, a triumph which saw him capturing the middleweight title. The Canadian is currently dealing with ulcerative colitis, which was the primary factor in his decision to vacate the middleweight title shortly after winning it.
Earlier this month, UFC president Dana White announced that promotion is working on booking a blockbuster slugfest between Georges St-Pierre and Nate Diaz for Aug. 4 at UFC 227.
“I hate fighting. I really do,” St-Pierre told Joe Rogan. “I know a lot of people don’t believe me, but I’m going to try to explain the best I can.
“In every job, there’s no perfect job, do you agree? There’s no perfect job that you like everything about it. It’s impossible,” he continued. “My job, as a professional athlete in Mixed Martial Arts, I fight normally — when I was very active — twice a year.
“In 365 days, there are two days that I hate the most: The days that I’m fighting,” he said. “It’s freaking unbearable. The feeling of uncertainty. You don’t know if you’re going to be humiliated, you’re going to be the victor, or you’re going to be the loser. I care so much about it, that it’s freaking unbearable. As much as I try to dismiss it, it’s unbearable.”
“I like the fact that I’m a free man, I’m my own boss. I do whatever I want, I have access to certain things, VIP stuff, that most people don’t. My quality of life, the money, I didn’t have it before, now I do,” he explained. “I love my job, and I’m very happy about my job, but there’s this thing I hate about my job that I hate the most… It’s fighting. I hate it.”
Georges St-Pierre is one of the greatest MMA fighters of all time has amassed an impressive record of 26-2. St-Pierre became the fourth fighter in UFC history to hold titles in two weight classes. But he does explain some aspects what he loves about fighting.
“I love the study of fighting. I love the science of it. The tactical, the physical. I love to train, I love to walk in the room, and feel strong. I know if something happens, I’m the man — even if it’s an illusion, with a bullet, nobody is faster than this,” he said. “I like the lifestyle. I don’t do it for the fight, I freaking hate the fight.”
“I had this talk with Rory MacDonald at one point,” St-Pierre recalled. “I was like ‘hey why do you like fighting?’ He said ‘I guess I like to fight, you (don’t) like to fight?’ I was like ‘F—k no! I don’t like to fight!’ and everyone in the room turned around and looked at me like I was crazy.
“‘You guys are all crazy if you think I like to fight in a cage in front of millions of people! Maybe humiliated, knocked out, or die? Are you crazy?! I don’t like to fight, are you nuts??’,” he said. “I like to win! When you win, the feeling is unbelievable! It’s so good, that it’s worth… this. But I hate it, man!”
So what’s next for GSP, it’s unclear at the moment. But he made it clear that he would want to do something unique that no one has ever done. It sure sounds like he wants to become the first fighter to win belts in three different UFC weight classes.
Who do you think St-Pierre should fight upon his return?