UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre finds himself in the same situation he was in nearly three years ago. It was a lock that St-Pierre would take out the overmatched Matt Serra at UFC 69, unfortunately someone didn’t hand Serra the script.
Skip ahead to UFC 111 this Saturday inside the Prudential Center in New Jersey and you’ll quickly notice that the Georges St-Pierre you see today is clearly not the same GSP that got knocked out by “The Ultimate Fighter 4? winner in April 2007.
The pressure St-Pierre feels now is similar to what he experienced heading into UFC 69, when he was a 16-to-1 favorite to dispose of Serra. The difference now is GSP is battle tested, with his last three bouts having gone into the championship rounds.
Expectations are once again high as the world’s best welterweight enters the Octagon as an 8-to-1 favorite to make his fourth consecutive successful title defense.
“I believe I have a lot more pressure than Dan Hardy. I perform better when I’m under pressure. When I’m under pressure I’m more nervous,” St-Pierre said during a recent media conference call. “I learned my lesson before and will never make the same mistake twice.”
Many feel St-Pierre is the most well-rounded fighter in mixed martial arts today. The 170-pound king brings speed, strength, and skills that are unmatched in the division, and at the end of the day he believes his vast portfolio will prove to be the difference.
“I believe I’m more well-rounded, I have more knowledge, and I believe by being a martial artist I’m going to win that fight,” GSP proclaimed. “A martial artist who is very well-rounded, somebody who has knowledge and uses his knowledge to win the fight.”
St-Pierre completely understands the dangers that Hardy presents, however he promises to be ready come gametime.
“I am 110 percent ready for this fight,” St-Pierre emphatically stated. “I have had the best training camp of my career and I guarantee you that you will be seeing the best Georges St-Pierre ever. Dan Hardy is like a math problem and I will solve it [on Saturday].”