Over the past five years few fighters have been more dominant at their craft than UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre. However, while GSP has won nine consecutive clashes since a loss in April 2007, the 22-2 St-Pierre has beaten six of his opponents on scorecards rather than in the center of the Octagon before the allotted time period expires.
St-Pierre is hoping to switch things up in November when he returns to the ring after an injury-related layoff to face former teammate (and interim champion) Carlos Condit at UFC 154.
“I want to finish because of the criticism. I’ve listened to the critics and I want to become more opportunistic,” said the 31-year old in an interview with the Toronto Sun. “When I see an opportunity, I don’t need to over-think it and I need to go for it.”
Scoring a stoppage against Condit would certainly be an impressive feat, as “The Natural Born Killer” hasn’t been finished since 2006 while racking up a 13-1 record in the span. St-Pierre understands how difficult the task in front of him is, acknowledging the level of competition he faces has a lot to do with the difficulty in scoring a submission/TKO.
“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,” admitted St-Pierre, adding his own ability occasionally results in his opponents approaching things defensively rather than taking the risks they regularly would. “Sometimes, when you break a guy mentally, he doesn’t fight to win anymore, he fights to not lose and to survive. That minimizes the opportunity for him to be finished. And that’s what’s happening in a lot of my fights and it’s hard to finish a guy who doesn’t fight to win.”
St-Pierre and Condit are set to meet on November 17 in Montreal. Condit has come out with his hand raised in five straight fights including wins over Jake Ellenberger, Rory MacDonald, and Nick Diaz. Comparably, St-Pierre’s streak features success against the likes of Matt Hughes, B.J. Penn, Jon Fitch, Josh Koscheck, and Jake Shields.
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