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.