UFC welterweight king Georges St-Pierre sat in his living room on Saturday and witnessed the injustice that ensued at “The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale” like most fans.
He’s also listened to UFC president Dana White diss Greg Jackson for his borderline boring – yet highly effective – game plans. The MMA guru has led GSP to seven consecutive victories en route to reclaiming the title.
With his rematch against Josh Koscheck just days away, the baddest 170-pounder in bare feet has promised the three officials sitting Octagon-side won’t determine his legacy.
“I want to finish fights. I’ve been very close my last fights,” St-Pierre stated during this week’s media call. “In my last fight [at UFC 111 against Dan Hardy], I was close to finishing two times. I made a little mistake.
“If I get the opportunity to finish, I’m going to take it.”
Understanding these remarks echo the standard pre-fight spiel we’ve come to expect from the French-Canadian, St-Pierre actually brought in the big guns for this camp to back up his claims.
His time with famed boxing coach Freddie Roach has been well publicized. However, what exactly did you learn from the man that’s tutored the likes of Oscar De La Hoya and Manny Pacquiao?
“The way I was punching, a lot of stuff I was doing was wrong, and [Roach] corrected it,” St-Pierre said. “Before I knew him, I thought I knew boxing, but I found out I didn’t. He corrected a lot of stuff for me and I feel much more confident.
“In the first fight with Josh, when I was striking, it was mostly to set up takedowns, but this time it will be also to knock him out.”
Of course the caveman solution is always in play, but oftentimes, easier said than done. What if you’re stand-up isn’t quite up to par on Saturday, what’s Plan B?
“Roger Gracie came in and helped me a lot,” GSP added. “Roger finishes his opponent when he takes the guy’s back. I’ve been working on that, so if I get the opportunity to finish, I will be able to finish him a lot better this time. I’ve been putting a lot of energy on punching power and the finish.”
St-Pierre took a unanimous decision win over Kos at UFC 74 in August 2007. It’s clear the champ would prefer a much more definitive conclusion in Saturday’s mulligan.