UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre is possibly the most well-recognized and popular athlete currently competing in mixed martial arts. The chiseled 170-pounder is also the object of desire for legions; so it comes as a bit of a surprise that “Rush” recently revealed to ESPN.com that his proclivity for nerdy pursuits hinders him in the search to find a mate.
“I don’t like to tell people that very much, but I am [a nerd],” said the dominant champion. “I don’t really watch sports. I watch the Canadian version of the Discovery Channel. Ask me a question about the Jurassic period or the Cretaceous period and I probably could answer it.
“Seriously, I’m into paleontology,” GSP added. “That’s the study of prehistoric life. I’m into philosophy. And psychology, too. You know that the Tyrannosaurus Rex was found with feathers? Yes, feathers!”
St. Pierre even offered a scientific reason as to why humans fight, or gravitate towards fighting, and why we play sports in general.
“You know why we play sports? It’s because it goes back to days when we used to fight in the battlefields. We are war-like. It’s deep inside us,” continued the UFC welterweight champion. “Sports today is the modern way to make war. We’re just more civilized.”
The French-Canadian mixed martial arts superstar revealed to ESPN that he even spends most of his time out of the ring and out of the gym with fellow science-enthusiasts, as opposed to fellow warriors, and also that that his science enthusiasm often keeps him out of relationships.
“That’s why most of my friends are not fighters. Most of my friends are nerds like me,” said “Rush.” “That’s why I have a hard time finding a girlfriend. I need someone to talk science with. I’m married to my work right now. But you never know. One day I could wake up and just do something different. Life is so unpredictable.”
Nerd or not, St. Pierre is easily one of the best pound-for-pound fighters on the planet and he will have the chance to cement his legacy as such further when he takes on Josh Koscheck in defense of his welterweight title this December 11th at UFC 124.