If you trash talk Georges St-Pierre, don’t think you’re hurting the fighters feelings. The UFC welterweight champion actually gets “excited” when his opponents trash talk him, says his coach Firas Zahabi.
“I’ll tell you something – Georges gets very pumped up when people talk trash,” Zahabi told Heavy.com. “He gets very excited and motivated to train more. I actually like it when the opponent’s talk more because Georges comes in and puts in a lot more work.”
Zahabi said that verbal attacks from past opponents including Matt Serra and BJ Penn fueled GSP to work harder in the gym, resulting in wins for the French-Canadian.
“The more Matt Serra talked the harder Georges was training,” he noted. “The more BJ talked, the more Georges worked on his conditioning and his boxing. It really fuels Georges St. Pierre. To me, it has really back fired on every opponent.”
St-Pierre hopes the strategy works on his next opponent, Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy. St. Pierre and Hardy meet at UFC 111: St-Pierre vs. Hardy on March 27, 2010 from Newark, NJ. The card also features an interim heavyweight championship bout between Frank Mir and Shane Carwin.