Georges St-Pierre (23-2) might walk to the Octagon with a look of determination on his face, but deep inside he has a secret. He’s actually scared moments leading up until the bell sounding.
“I’m not afraid to admit I’m afraid to fight,” said St-Pierre to FUEL TV. “Even though I’m scared and afraid to fail, when I walk to the Octagon it looks like it’s impossible for me to fail and I look very confident like I’m going to kick a– for sure. The truth is deep down inside I’m scared as hell, but as I’m acting my mind starts changing and listens to my body. As I’m walking, the closer I get, the more confident I get.”
If St-Pierre is scared during his entrance, the performance that he puts out doesn’t reflect. He has gone 17-2 under the UFC name and is a two time welterweight champion. St-Pierre is in his current reign and has been the undisputed champion since early 2008. His two losses came against UFC hall of famer Matt Hughes and Matt Serra by way of submission in the first round. He has avenged both those losses.
St-Pierre is coming off a decision win over Carlos Condit at UFC 154, which saw the Canadian return after a 19 month layoff due to an ACL injury.
His next challenge comes in the form of Nick Diaz (26-8-1 NC) at UFC 158. St-Pierre will be making back-to-back appearances from the Bell Centere in Canada. That main event takes place on March 16 as St-Pierre looks for his 11th win in a row.