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George St. Pierre "It’s hard to finish a guy who doesn’t fight to win." | UFC News

By: Chris Taylor

Since 2007, every time George St. Pierre (22-2 MMA, 16-2 UFC) has stepped inside the octagon, it has been to face the second best welterweight fighter in the world.

The UFC welterweight champion, St. Pierre, has gone to the judges’ scorecards in five of his past six outings, including his latest victory over Jake Shields at UFC 129 in Toronto.

Other UFC champions, such as Junior Dos Santos and Anderson Silva, have not struggled in terms of “sealing the deal” against their opponents. So one is left to wonder what is the reason behind GSP’s recent decision streak?

Some fans have accused George of becoming a point fighter, ever since his stunning loss to Matt Serra at UFC 69  in April of 2007.

In an interview with the Toronto Sun, George explained his theory on why most of his recent bouts have gone to the judges’ scorecards:

“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. The guy that is in front of me is a very good guy. He’s the number one contender all the time and now I’m fighting the (interim) world champ in Carlos Condit. I’m working a lot more on being more opportunistic and it’s going to pay off I’m sure… I think that my opponents have become better in time. 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.”

George returns from a 19-month injury layoff to headline UFC 154, where he faces interim titleholder Carlos Condit (28-5 MMA, 5-1 UFC). UFC 154 goes down November 17 from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The event airs live on PPV.

28 Comments to George St. Pierre "It’s hard to finish a guy who doesn’t fight to win." | UFC News

  1. magoo says:

    A 5 round beating is just as good as a finish to me, that 5 round drubbing of Fitch was awesome, the 5 round face jab to Koscheck priceless, that 4Ath round stoppage to….eh I won’t go there….lol

  2. what the.. says:

    George doesnt fight to win… the only person he should blame for having boring ass fights is himself.

  3. bunkylomax says:

    once again to the editor of this article.. know the difference between there and their…

  4. Zack says:

    Look at silva and jds’ eyes when they fight. They fight with controlled rage and use that fire inside of them. Gsp got his fire put out by Matt Serra. Before the Serra fight u could see it in gsp eyes too but it’s just not there anymore.

  5. nate says:

    Oh what BS. Any fighter considered a top contender is there to win. They all know they have to take it from George. Most fighters are scared to throw power shots and kick at him because they know they will spend the rest of the round on the floor. He has skills but he is the one who fights just to not lose… Everything he just said he described himself perfectly.

  6. nate says:

    Get Real. Any fighter considered a top contender is there to win. They all know they have to take it from George. Most fighters are scared to throw power shots and kick at him because they know they will spend the rest of the round on the floor. He has skills but he is the one who fights just to not lose… Everything he just said he described himself perfectly.

  7. Gsp is so full of shit.He’s just scared to get hit.Won’t go for the jugular because he’s scared the other guy my capitilize if he makes a mistake going for a finish.Gsp is still mentally broken from the Serra fight hence why he fights safe.Gsp is the one who fights not to lose NOT his opponents.

  8. Po says:

    Isn’t gsp from Jackson’s camp ? The business camp that all fighters in that camp are business men not real fighter ? That’s why they run around for five rounds

  9. BK says:

    I think the 5 decision streak speaks volumes to the type of athlete he is. To beat up 5 top contenders decisively in every single round in 5 round fights is very impressive. That said, I would like to see him start going for the finishes. He’s already proven he can beat up anyone no matter how long it takes.

  10. Santos says:

    what a crock of shyt

  11. Jeremy says:

    The condit vs st pierre fight is gonna be a fucking snooze fest. There is no way i would pay for that fight. If st pierre doesnt start finishing people soon i wont watch any st pierre fights anymore either. Now some dumb fuck is gonna post about not understanding the sport and appreciating st pierres technical ability. Let me just say fuck you. This is entertainment. No one likes a decision. Everyone likes the finish.

    • MattTheMain says:

      No they don’t you idiot. Name 3 of the best fights ever. Bonnar Griffin, Shogun Hendo, Edgar Henderson, Sanchez Guida…etc People want to see five rounds of action. As lovely as Jon Fitch getting KO’d by Hendricks was it isn’t considered one of the best fights ever. Do you actually watch GSP fights and make your own opinion or is this your take on what you’ve heard from other people. GSP is fantastic to watch most the time with the only exception being the Shields fight but that was partly JShield’s fault for not doing anything significant and an eye poke that affected the last 3 rounds. Had you watched that fight you would agree the first two rounds were great. I love fights being finished but I can also appreciate when two guys are tough and evenly matched so they go the distance. At the end of the day St Pierre has more fans than just about anyone in the UFC so obviously he’s not that bad to watch. To quote you, “This is entertainment” and if you aren’t entertained blame yourself not the athletes and go find another sport to bitch about because contrary to your self assessment you clearly don’t understand the sport.

  12. Koshchek Always Fights Fair says:

    Let’s see any of you smack talking douchebags stay champion for one fight. No I take that back. Lets see any of you douchebags become a champion ever, then you can talk shit.

    • kevin says:

      thats the stupidest arguement ever. so no one can ever comment or talk about any sports right? why have pregame shows then or any sports talk shows

  13. Gabe418 says:

    I really don’t know what u guys are talking about…gsp puts me to sleep every fight… Really tho gsp couldn’t even finish his breakfast this morning…hell of an athlete

  14. Dan Rod says:

    GSP is a great guy. His lackluster performance with Jake Shields was his fault. He didn’t want to risk being taken down and possibly submitted. Other than that I don’t care if he finish an opponent. He give great performances. He just doesn’t have the ability to finish the guys. He hit Kos with his best punches and couldn’t knock him out. He just didn’t have the punching power necessary to finish that fight.

  15. Dick Diaz says:

    GSP is the man!

  16. NoExcuses says:

    He can’t finish taller opponents, and his next fight will likely be a decision unless he fights to win, likely KO, and new welterweight champion, Carlito Condom.

  17. Ddddddd says:

    That’s funny because Jake couldn’t strike with
    him but he couldn’t finish Jake with an overhand Josh is such a brat he can’t not
    try to finish fights and he kept Josh at bay with a jab Hardys style is based on finishing he
    put Hardy on back so he couldn’t attempt a
    finish and the same with Thiago. Who isn’t trying to finish? I’m still a Goerges fan though

  18. slacker says:

    GSP is just as more to blame for not finishing guys, but he is trying to reverse the point here. I still think he’s great and I like him as a fighter. But let’s face it: this one criticism he always receives for not finishing fights is justified. If he at least finished one more guy – other than B.J. – which was as good as a finish, I could lighten up on agreeing with his critics on that point. Fitch and Alves are tough guys to finish. But, he should have been able to at least finish Hardy or Shields. He gave Shields ground game wayyyy too much respect. SUre, he is great, but sometimes when a guy is just way more powerful, it negates all that skill. GSP didn’t realize this, and so the fight wore on, and eventually he got injured because he was tooooo hesitant. All credit to Koscheck’s toughness, but even in that fight, he had him hurt bad a few times and didn’t go in for the kill.

  19. Gibby says:

    Georges has the power. He’s dropped multiple guys that rarely get dropped! His hands fuck people up. But he’s lost his killer instinct, he knows one lucky punch can change a fight so he’s wary of it at all times. The way he’s been talking tho I think he knows he has to step up his game. The WW division has some killers. Im a huge Carlos condit fan but I hope georges wins that fight and we get to see him v silva! I’ve been waiting FOREVER for that fucking fight!!!

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