GSP talks UFC 217, legacy, and more with Jim Rome

Georges St. Pierre is entering the octagon for the first time in over four years this weekend. When the 36-year-old goes to challenge middleweight champion Michael Bisping for his title this Saturday night at UFC 217, the obvious question will be how he responds after the long layoff. St. Pierre joined The Jim Rome Show on CBS Sports Radio Wednesday, and said he’s never felt better.

“Best camp of my life. I feel very positive, very happy to be here, and I cannot wait tell Saturday night,” the former welterweight champion said.

With St. Pierre’s name commonly mentioned as one of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters to ever compete in UFC, the French Canadian sees this fight as an opportunity to add another chapter to his story.

“I’m fighting Michael Bisping for the world title, at middleweight, a title I’ve never had,” St. Pierre said. “I have a chance to add that to my legacy, to be among a group of a few elite fighters that holds a title in two different weight classes. And it’s at Madison Square Garden and I comeback after four years. And if I do it, no one has ever done it.”

St. Pierre knows the window is only open so long when you compete and fight at a high level in mixed martial arts. And he’s at peace with the fact that regardless of what happens, some will say he never maximized his chances.

“I would be a fool to not do it, because I feel in the best shape of my life, and the best I’ve ever been,” St. Pierre said. “I think it’s not why I comeback, but why would I not comeback? I think I would be incredibly dumb not to come back. Everybody wants this. Everybody wants to be in my shoes. And I have a chance to do it.

“We only live once. I’m going to have a memory from that moment that I will cherish for the rest of my life, so I think I have to go back and do it.”

In Bisping, St. Pierre knows he’s fighting an experienced, well-rounded champion who will be a challenge.

“He’s very versatile. He is good everywhere—a great kick boxer,” St. Pierre said. “His main strength is in striking. But he’s got a lot of heart, he is very durable. He is a guy who can keep the same pace the whole fight. So when you fight a guy like this, he never gives up and he’s always coming at you no matter what you give him. To stop him, you have to take him out.”

 

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