[VIDEO] Georges St-Pierre Says He's Fighting For Himself First
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 12.18.2012
GSP says the fans want the Diaz fight...
Over the weekend, Georges St. Pierre appeared on Fuel TV's post-fight coverage for The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale. GSP addressed why he wanted the Nick Diaz fight and addressed the issue of his "ducking" Johnny Hendricks:
GSP talking about cage rust about Condit: "I'm not a vehicle. I'm not a car. Fighting, that's what I do every day. I was ready for this. I did a lot of visualization before the fight. Of course, the feeling of the Octagon, I lost it a little bit, but I got it back very fast."
GSP's thoughts on fighting Condit: "It was a very tough fight. Carlos is very durable fighter. He's very hard to finish. I'm very happy with my performance. I gave everything I had. I tried my best. I used the best of what I've got to perform. I couldn't do better and I'm very happy with the fight I did."
GSP's involvements with NOS Energy Drink: "I wanted to get involved with NOS because we stand for the same thing - getting the job done and no nonsense. They know MMA very well. It's about high performance and that's what I'm about...For me it's important as a fighter to give back to society. NOS and all my sponsors get involved in those things to make the world a better world. I'm happy they're getting involved with anti-bullying with me."
GSP's explanation on taking the Nick Diaz fight first: "As an athlete, I want to give fans the fight they want to see. Logically, I just finished my fight with Carlos Condit. The last fight between Carlos and Nick was controversial. I truly believe Carlos won, but some people believe Nick won. A lot of things have been said between us. This is the fight everyone wanted to see a year ago, I want big fights. Right now it was logical to fight Nick Diaz. I'm fighting for myself first and I'm fighting for fans, for the show and for the UFC and I wanted to make this fight happen. I want this fight."
GSP's thoughts on the Nick Diaz match-up: "That's funny you asked that question, because I watched very carefully your fight against Nate Diaz. It was a great display of athleticism, technique and wrestling. I'm going to try to use some of the stuff you have done in the fight to win over Nick Diaz as well. I'm going to learn from what you did and try to apply it in my game plan. Thanks for showing me the blueprint."
GSP's explanation on why he is not fighting Johny Hendricks: "I'm not ducking him. I can't split myself in half. A lot of people want to fight me. Anderson Silva, Johny Hendricks, Nick Diaz. Everyone is calling me. They want the big fight and the Pay-Per-View. I'm going to take one fight at a time. The fight fans want to see the most right now is Nick Diaz. For me right now it's the fight I can do the fastest is Nick Diaz. I don't have to gain weight. It's right there. He's coming out of his suspension. That's a fight and I want the best challenge. Johny Hendricks is a good challenge and is an amazing fighter, but I saw his fight with Josh Koscheck and it was very close. Some people give it to Josh. But he won in a very good fashion in his last fight. For me I was more motivated to fight Nick than Johny Hendricks. I know Johny is going to smack talk to motivate me, but right now I'm focused on Nick Diaz and we'll see what happens later."
GSP on his future in MMA and how many more fights he wants: "I don't know. I love what I do for a living. I love my job. I found the fire back. I want to give the fans a big fight. I don't want to talk in the future, because we don't know what can happen. I hate when they ask me when I have a fight coming up what the next one is like I've already won. This is the worst thing that can happen, not focusing on the present moment. I try to focus on Nick right now and we'll see what happens. But I want to fight a lot of times and we'll see what the future will give me."