The countdown to Georges St Pierre’s return continues, with everyone expecting him to headline UFC 154 against Carlos Condit in November. That’s really soon in MMA terms! And not only is Georges expecting to return just as strong as he was before his ACL blew out (it’s like “changing a tire on a car”), he plans on being more dynamic and exciting:
“There is a saying in English that you don’t repair something that is not broken,” he said. “Sometimes I believe you have to break it yourself to repair it, to make it better. Because the sport of mixed martial arts will evolve. If I stay at the same level, they will catch up to me. I need to evolve, to stay ahead of game. The critics are always there. I listen to the critics. I’m very critical on myself. I want to make more finishes myself. I want to be more exciting, take more risks, be more opportunistic. I’ve been working on that a lot.”
It’s been nearly five years since Georges has finished a fight (remember: BJ quit) so this is good news indeed. His wins have all been extremely dominant, but when you spend 25 minutes on top of Dan Hardy without a finish, or crack Josh Koscheck’s orbital bone without following it up with something else, questions as to your killer instinct will start to pop up.
GSP admitted he lost some of the love he had for the sport, and it wouldn’t surprise me if the criticism got to him. It wasn’t just blowhard assholes like me piling on the hate. I bet a lot of the fans who met him at fan expos n shit brought up his conservative performances too.
What it sounds like Georges needs is a good old fashioned mountain to climb. Mount Anderson perhaps? If Georges is thinking about it, he ain’t spilling the beans yet. He’s got that standard “I ham only tinking aboot my next hopponent” response cued up and ready to go whenever Silva is mentioned.