UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre has become one of the elite fighters in all of MMA. However, the one constant knock on GSP has been his inability to finish fights.
This November, St-Pierre will return to action for the first time in over a year when he meets Carlos Condit at UFC 154: St-Pierre vs. Condit. GSP has been on the sidelines due to knee surgery.
It’s been over four years since St-Pierre has earned an actual stoppage inside the Octagon, as his 2009 victory over BJ Penn came when Penn’s corner halted the bout. In 2008, St-Pierre landed several knees to the body against Matt Serra, earning the TKO victory.
“I can make up a bunch of excuses, but the truth is, I’m fighting the best guys all the time and it’s tough competition,” said St-Pierre, in a recent interview with the Toronto Sun. “You cannot always win by beautiful fashion.”
St-Pierre has earned decision victories over Jon Fitch, Thiago Alves, Dan Hardy, Josh Koscheck and Jake Shields since reclaiming the belt. He is 22-2 in his career, with eight knockout victories and five via submission.
“The guy that is in front of me is a very good guy,” said St-Pierre of Condit. “I’m working a lot more on being more opportunistic and it’s going to pay off I’m sure. I think that my opponents have become better in time.”
Between 2004 and 2006, St-Pierre finished Matt Hughes, Sean Sherk, Franf Trigg and Dave Strasser.