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Georges St-Pierre Feels He Is A New Fighter Ahead Of UFC 217

Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre seeks history this Saturday at UFC 217.

St-Pierre returns for the first time in nearly four years, challenging Michael Bisping for the middleweight title.

With a win, he’ll join Randy Couture, BJ Penn and Conor McGregor as fighters to hold titles in multiple weight classes in the UFC.

Earlier this week, he appeared on “UFC Tonight” to discuss his return and more.

St-Pierre on what he’s changed to prepare for this fight: “I changed the structure of my training. All the things I don’t use, I got rid of those things. Now I train less, and have more time to recuperate.”

St-Pierre on what’s going through his mind going into the fight: “You’re always afraid because you don’t know the outcome. You always have doubt going into a fight. That helped me. The confidence comes from how you prepare yourself, but you’re not guaranteed. I control what I can control the best I can.”

St-Pierre on how he’ll hold down Bisping: “I’ve been studying tape and I see patterns on what he does when he tries to stand back up, and it exposes him. I’ll use that against him on Saturday night.”

St-Pierre on if Bisping’s trash talk is affecting him: “No. It’s never personal. He’s trying to do mental warfare. I think he’s afraid that I’ll wrestle him. He’s begging me to stand and bang with him. I’ll take my opponent where he’s the weakest. I’m going to fight the way I’m supposed to fight and I’m going to beat him up.”

St-Pierre on how he’ll beat Bisping: “I need to be the best I can be. I’m better than him, I’m faster than him, I’m stronger than him, and I have a higher fighting IQ than him. I’m more adaptable and that’s why I’m going to win.”