The last time that UFC Welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre finished an opponent in a fight, the world was a very different place. Captain Sully landed a plane on the Hudson River, people started freaking out over the swine flu and even Fedor Emelianenko’s unbeaten streak was still intact.
Fast-forward a few years and a lot’s changed – especially St-Pierre’s public perception as a finisher.
Since technically knocking out former champ BJ Penn at UFC 94, St-Pierre has won each of his last four fights by decision for a grand total of 100 minutes of Octagon time without a knockout or submission victory, garnering major criticism from his detractors.
Well, the reigning welterweight king will look to change all of this and silence the critics when he takes on interim champ Carlos Condit at UFC 154 later this fall.
In a recent interview with the Toronto Sun, St-Pierre stated that he can not wait to shut-up all the haters.
“I want to finish because of the criticism,” said St-Pierre, “I’ve listened to the critics and I want to become more opportunistic.”
However the champ knows that taking out a guy like Condit – who’s never been finished in his UFC career – is easier said than done, telling the Toronto Sun:
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. You cannot always win by beautiful fashion. The guy that is in front of me is a very good guy. He’s the No. 1 contender all the time and now I’m fighting the (interim) world champ in Carlos Condit. I’m working a lot more on being more opportunistic and it’s going to pay off I’m sure.
It’s going to be a difficult task just beating Condit, let alone trying to finish him. Condit earned his “Natural Born Killer” moniker for his vicious striking that’s taken out the likes of Rory MacDonald, Dan Hardy and Dong-Hyun Kim so St-Pierre has to be cautious on his feet.
But there’s a reason GSP is one of the longest reigning champions in UFC history and I don’t expect him to give anything but his best against Condit.