Georges St-Pierre is the Smartest Fighter in Mixed Martial Arts

Written by Tom Ngo
May 26th, 2010

Apparently, Georges St-Pierre’s momma has something in common with mine – they didn’t raise no fools. Despite compiling a dominant 20-2 professional record en route to recapturing the welterweight title, GSP has received plenty of criticism for not finishing off lesser opponents.

“I’m fighting safe,” St-Pierre openly admitted to MMAJunkie.com. “Every time I step into the Octagon, my life is in jeopardy. For me, it’s more important to not get hit than to hit the guy. I will never fight in a way [in which] I fight like I flip a coin.

“I never took risks. The only fight I took a risk was when I fought Matt Serra, and I went in a stupid exchange, and it was not smart. I got caught; Serra beat me fair and square, and he deserved the victory that night. But it taught me a good lesson, and I don’t want it to happen again.”

Despite manhandling Dan Hardy at UFC 111 to collect his seventh consecutive victory, the win also marked GSP’s second straight unanimous decision over a significant underdog.  The 29-year-old’s inability to provide highlight reel finishes has drawn the ire of fans, who are complaining that his predictable game has turned borderline “boring.”

“I don’t fight like an idiot,” St-Pierre added. “That’s what defines me. I’m (not the) champion because I’m the strongest guy in the division. It’s not because I’m the fastest guy. I’m not the best grappler. I’m not the best striker. I’m not the best wrestler.

“Why I’m champion is because I fight smart every single fight.”

Although it isn’t the most aesthetically appealing gameplan to witness, this is a results driven world that revolves around winning. It stands to reason that if you’re the best ground guru in the business, the canvas will be where you will showcase your skills.

With each passing lopsided victory, it’s becoming more evident the only way GSP will lose his strap is if he gets caught with something during a shootout.

“When I’m standing up, I hit the guy, (and) I pick my angle, and I’m smart,” he said. “I’m not afraid to say it: I’m not a brawler, and I’m not a coward. I’m not going to trade punch one-for-one with a guy. I’m going to hit the guy and not get hit. That’s a smart way to fight.”

Could you please provide some examples on who you are referring to?

“I’m not going to give names, but if I would tell you names, you would know who’s a brawler (and) who’s not and who now has a problem with his career because he got hit too much,” St-Pierre said. “They can’t take a punch anymore.”

He couldn’t possibly be talking about former 205-pound champs Wanderlei Silva or Chuck Liddell, could he???

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