As we reporter earlier, UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre has said that he may train to represent Canada at the 2012 Olympics in freestyle wrestling. That caused a whirlwind of stories that GSP may be vacating his welterweight title to pursue his Olympic ambitions. UFC Hall Of Famer Randy Couture recently spent time with GSP at a recent Affliction event and told The Las Vegas Sun that St-Pierre is “frustrated” with the media coverage over his comments.
“I talked to him at length at an appearance this weekend and he’s a little frustrated with the media, frankly,” Couture stated. “He said that they are blowing this whole thing out of proportion.”
The media frenzy started when the French-Canadian said that to enter the Olympic games that he “would have to focus on wrestling and dedicate myself 100 per cent for a period of time. I would not retire now but if I decided to do it I would have to dedicate myself 100 percent I would say maybe for a year and a half or so.”
Couture says GSP’s words were misconstrued and that he doesn’t think the welterweight champion will leave the sport to train for the 2012 Olympics.
“His response to a media question was, ‘Well, if I was going to do that I would have to take a year off to concentrate only on wrestling.’ He didn’t say he was going to,” Couture noted. “He just said he would have to commit to it 100 percent.
“I don’t think he wants to do that,” he continued. “He’s a fighter and he realizes he’s a fighter. He’s obviously done a great job with wrestling in the fight game. But first and foremost he feels like a fighter and he thinks the whole thing has been blown out of proportion by the media.”
St-Pierre will defend his title against Dan Hardy at UFC 111 on March 27, 2010. An interim heavyweight title bout between Frank Mir and Shane Carwin is also scheduled for the card.