“I didn’t like fighting,” Despite Hall-of-Fame career in MMA, Georges St-Pierre makes bizarre admission

Georges St-Pierre lost only twice in his UFC career.


“I didn’t like fighting,” Despite Hall-of-Fame career in MMA, Georges St-Pierre makes bizarre admission

Georges St-Pierre never liked to fight (Image via Imago)

Georges St-Pierre recently revealed to Kamaru Usman and Henry Cejudo that he never liked the idea of fighting. The fact that one of the most successful fighters in UFC history did not like to fight came as a shock to everybody. Here is what happened:

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Georges St-Pierre recently sat down to discuss his career with Henry Cejudo and Kamaru Usman on the Pound4Pound podcast. There he opened up about the discomforts of being a professional fighter.

I never like it. I never liked to fight. I liked the sport, the science of it... The grind of knowing you're gonna fight Saturday night against that killer that's gonna try to rip your head off, I'm like no I don't like it... It put me in a very uncomfortable situation. Some people liked it but I never liked it.
Georges St-Pierre via Pound4Pound

St-Pierre said that if he could skip to the end of the fight, he would do it every single time. The Canadian dominated the UFC fight scene in the welterweight division. Since his debut in 2002 right until retiring in 2013, Georges St-Pierre only lost twice in his entire MMA career. He made a comeback in 2017 and beat Michael Bisping by submitting him in the third round with a rear naked choke.

The former champion was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in 2020 for his illustrious career, including nine consecutive welterweight title defenses. In May 2020, he was recognized as part of the Modern-Era Wing of the UFC Hall of Fame. St-Pierre’s success put the sport of MMA on the map in Canada and he was also inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame last year in October.

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Why Kamaru Usman used to copy Georges St-Pierre?

Georges St-Pierre is an icon in the world of mixed martial arts and the UFC. Former UFC champion, Kamaru Usman revealed that he used to copy St-Pierre during the early days of his MMA career.

Georges St-Pierre talks about the lead-up to his last outing, with Kamaru Usman and Henry Cejudo
Georges St-Pierre talks about the lead-up to his last outing, with Kamaru Usman and Henry Cejudo (Source: Instagram/IMAGO)

Usman revealed that he used to study St-Pierre before he was in the UFC. Reportedly, at that time The Nigerian Nightmare was brought in to prepare Johnny Hendricks for a fight against St-Pierre. This was way back in 2013. The fight with Hendricks was one of the toughest fights under St-Pierre’s belt. It went the entire distance and the Canadian ultimately won the fight via split decision.

Usman also found similarities in their style of preparing for a fight. The former welterweight champion said that even though he lost his last fight, he was in the bathroom talking to himself and putting himself in the upcoming fight. It was interesting to see how two of the top fighters in the UFC have similar ways of setting themselves up for success.

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