UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre is one of the most recognizable and professional figures in mixed martial arts. He also happens to be one of the most dominant fighters in the sport, having defended his welterweight strap successfully four times and having amassed a professional record of 20-2. Despite these facts and despite having faced some of the most talented and dangerous fighters on the planet, St. Pierre admits to getting scared before he fights.
“I’m afraid, like it’s the end of the world,” St. Pierre said. “Of course, I get nervous. I always have doubts, I’m always afraid, but that’s what makes someone courageous, when he does something when he’s afraid. When you do something when you’re not afraid, it’s not courage.”
St. Pierre is currently scheduled to make his fifth title defense this December 11th, against brash opponent Josh Koscheck. Koscheck has launched a war of words against St. Pierre, to which the champion has responded but not engaged in. “Rush” explained that he won’t allow himself to be walked on, but that he respects all mixed martial artists for their shared struggle too much to want to degrade them.
“If he says bad things about me, I’m gonna answer, I’m not a victim,” he said. “But I always respect my opponents. It’s my mentality that to do this job you have to go through a lot of obstacles to reach where you are right now, and I have a lot of respect for that.”
UFC 124: St. Pierre vs. Koscheck 2 takes place this December 11th at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.