GSP: I am going to fight different vs. Bisping
UFC welterweight G.O.A.T. Georges St-Pierre left the sport in 2013, citing the crushing pressures of being on top. He fights middleweight champion Michael Bisping in his return at UFC 217 on November 4, and in a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, he indicated pressure remains.
“Satisfaction is the deathtrap,” said St-Pierre, 36, as transcribed by Simon Samano for MMAjunkie. “When you’re satisfied, you better retire. I’m not satisfied. I think I can do more, and I will prove it to everybody November 4th. I’m very happy. The sport has evolved, but I believe you haven’t seen the best out of me yet.”
“It’s much different. I got a lot more tools in my arsenal. I’ve been working on different things. If he’s expecting me the same as I was, it’s a big mistake on his part. I’m going to come out, and I want to shock the world. …
“I’m the challenger. I’m not the champion this time. So I have to take the fight to him. I have to expect that if I’m going to a decision, and the fight is close, it’s not going to go my way. So I’m going to go there, and I’m going to put everything I have to finish him, fight like there’s no tomorrow.”
“We’re not desperate. I’m happy. I feel very blessed and fortunate to be in this position, and it’s a moment that a few people in the world are able to live. And I’m going to live that unique moment, and I will remember it for the rest of my life.
“But at the same time I need to put myself in the mindset that this unique moment, in order to make it in my favor as best as I can, I need to put in everything I got. Live like there is no tomorrow.”
UFC 217: Bisping vs. St-Pierre will be held on November 4, 2017 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York.