GSP: Why it is hard to finish opponents

Georges St. Pierre isn’t promising a highlight-reel finish.

In fact, if things go as they have in his last four outings, chances are the 25-minute bell will end his fight.

But the UFC welterweight champ says fans will see a hungrier St. Pierre who has taken his nearly 20-month layoff from the cage to hone his killer instinct.

“I want to finish because of the criticism,” said St. Pierre. “I’ve listened to the critics and I want to become more opportunistic."

“(It bugs me) but at the same time, my last fight wasn’t that great. I got poked in the eye."

“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 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.”

“When I see an opportunity, I don’t need to overthink it and I need to go for it."

“I think that my opponents have become better in time. Sometimes, when you break a guy mentally, he doesn’t fight to win anymore, he fights to not lose and to survive. That minimizes the opportunity for him to be finished. And that’s what’s happening in a lot of my fights and it’s hard to finish a guy who doesn’t fight to win.”

St-Pierre said he’s ready for battle with Condit in the main event of Montreal’s UFC 154 on Nov. 17, and has no lingering effects of his knee injury.

“I’m 120%,” he says.

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