With all the injuries and fight postponements that have plagued the UFC and their superstars over the last few weeks, Dana White and company are in desperate need of a return to the octagon for one the biggest stars of the promotion, Georges St-Pierre.
GSP appears to back and ready to defend his title against the winner of the Mike Swick vs. Dan Hardy fight at UFC 105 next weekend. The welterweight champ recently sat down with Rogers Sports Net: Cage Connection to discuss his health, his potential opponent, and more.
When asked what he thought of the big Strikeforce card this weekend and whether or not he’ll be watching, GSP gave a surprising answer.
“To tell you the truth, I don’t really watch MMA when I’m not involved or if one of my friends isn’t fighting, so I probably wont be watching it,” he admitted.
GSP later confirmed that he is in fact back to full strength and ready to defend his title.
“My adductor muscle is pretty much 100%, so I’m back training, and just waiting to see who will be next,” he said.
When asked whom he would like to fight, GSP of course gave his usual diplomatic response.
“I want to fight the best guy,” he stated. “I’m a proud champion, so whoever wins the fight and deserves the title shot, I’d be glad to fight them. Hardy and Swick are both very dangerous fighters so I will have to be well prepared for either of them.”
GSP also spoke to when he thinks he will return to the octagon to defend his belt, saying, “If everything goes well with their fight [Swick and Hardy] and no one gets hurt, it will be in the beginning of next year, maybe March or April.”
The champ was also asked what he thought of the co-main event bout at UFC 106 between Josh Koscheck and Anthony Johnson. “It can go either way, they both can knock each other out. They are both very good fighters, so it will all depend on who comes more prepared and who fights the smartest.”
GSP was later asked his opinion of the controversial decision between Lyoto Machida and Shogun Rua at UFC 104.
“I do believe Shogun won the fight,” he noted. “I’m a big fan of Machida because he comes from a karate background like me so I was rooting for him. But I do believe Rua won the fight.”
To close out the interview, GSP was asked what he thought about the multiple postponements to the Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin title fight.
“When you’re in a main event, there’s a lot of pressure, and when you fight you need to be 100% because if you fight and lose and you’re not 100%, you can’t say I should have done this or that, because people won’t care about that, so you have to be 100% ready.”