One of the very few gripes fans and media have with Georges St. Pierre lately is that doesn’t Finish as much as he used to, and that he’s become a safe fighter. To a certain extent this is correct, he is indeed not as flashy as he used to be, instead falling into fighting very technical, yet safe fights, avoiding any major risks. In his last four fights this clearly appears to be the case. Sure He batters his opponents in the process, just look at Fitch and Koscheck’s faces after their fights. The time away from the game has allowed the welterweight kingpin the opportunity to reflect and think about his game and place in the MMA world.
While speaking with mmafighting.com, St. Pierre said he agree’s with the assessment that he needs to finish more, take risks and get away from the safe fighting rut he’s got himself into.
“Towards the end, I didn't have the drive anymore. I was doing it because I had to do it. I didn't have fun anymore. I lost a little bit of the love for the sport. There is a saying in English that you don't repair something that is not broken. Sometimes I believe you have to break it yourself to repair it, to make it better. Because the sport of mixed martial arts will evolve. If I stay at the same level, they will catch up to me. I need to evolve, to stay ahead of game. The critics are always there. I listen to the critics. I'm very critical on myself. I want to make more finishes myself. I want to be more exciting, take more risks, be more opportunistic. I've been working on that a lot."
If you review GSP’s record, it appears his inability to finish his opponents is really applies to his last 4 fights, but sadly for the Champ his last finish was back in 2009 against BJ Penn where Penn’s corner threw in the towel at the end of the 4th round. At that time GSP’s record was 18-2 and he had only gone to decision 5 times in, at the time, 14 UFC fights, but since the Penn TKO, he has logged
4 straight decisions, and that’s where the complaints started.
It also doesn’t help when you have a champ like Anderson Silva who seems to finish everyone he fights, the two constantly get compared, and it’s his recent inability to finish and his recent inactivity that has dropped GSP out of the best Pound-Per-Pound arguments as the clear winner is Silva.
St.Pierre now plans on changing some perspectives of the fans that get on him, but will he?
We shall see starting with his upcoming title bout against Carlos Condit in November in Montreal at UFC 154.
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