“Everyone has a violent side,” St-Pierre said. “My job is to win, and in order to win most of the time I need to injure my opponent. It’s a violent sport but in real life I’m not a violent guy.
“I’m an athlete in a full contact sport so it requires violence to win.”
St-Pierre, who was forced to pull out of the UFC’s Las Vegas card last week due to knee and hamstring problems, has not always sated the bloodlust of the sport’s hardcore element, with his last four fights going to judges decision.
But there is no doubting his desire to knockout or tap-out Diaz, whom St-Pierre has described as “the most disrespectful human being I’ve ever met”.
“I’ve had a lot of criticism about not finishing fights, but if there’s anyone who wants to finish fights it’s me,” he said.
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