Can't get enough of face snapping knockouts and precision submissions? Yeah, we thought so. No fake wrestling stunts here, just a combination of strength, agility, and tactical genius at work. It's two fighters who have dedicated themselves, both physically and mentally, to the science of mixed martial arts. Preparing for weeks and months for a fight that could be over in the blink of an eye. So the question remains, why choose this calling? Why step into the octagon and put yourself on the line? Is it the fame, the glory? No doubt, but there's a few more factors.
On Saturday at UFC 154 interim welterweight champion, Carlos Condit, will be going up against current welterweight champion, and MMA legend, Georges St-Pierre. Carlos hit us with a few lines about what it would mean to shed that "interim" tag, how he prepares to handle the pro GSP crowd in Quebec, and his thoughts when entering the octagon.
Interview by Adam Silvers (@silversurfer103)
At UFC 154 technically Georges St-Pierre will be defending his Welterweight title since you’re the interim champion. Is this something you’ve been thinking about during training?
There’s been discussion as to who’s the champion. I’m the champion, he’s the champion, and ultimately, this is a fight. It’s a title fight and from this fight will emerge the undisputed champion. Beforehand I don’t really think the semantics matter, we’ll figure out who’s the real champion.
Ultimately I know what my accomplishments have been and I don’t derive my self-worth as a fighter from outside sources.
GSP hasn’t lost in five years but he’s also coming off missing 18 months due to knee surgery. How do both of these factors figure into your preparation for the fight?
Not a whole lot. I’m expecting a Georges St-Pierre who is 100 percent. I’m not banking on him being slower, weaker, whatever the excuse may be, because of his knee. I’m expecting George St-Pierre at his best.
Despite that layoff, GSP is currently a 3-1 favorite. Do you think you get the respect you deserve?
Yeah, man. I think I get respect from the people that matter, people in this sport, other fighters. Ultimately I know what my accomplishments have been and I don’t derive my self-worth as a fighter from outside sources. I know what I’ve accomplished.
Do you think GSP will have any “home field” advantage with the event taking place in Canada? How are you prepared to handle the hostile environment?
The only advantage I would say—this has been the case with a couple of guys I’ve fought in their hometowns—is if you hit the guy, the crowd doesn’t have much of a reaction. If he hits you, even if it’s only grazing, or not that effective, they go wild. I think that plays into the judges perception of how the fight’s going.
Does it affect you if the crowd isn’t building with you while you’re on the attack?
I have lots of Canadian fans too, I’m sure they’ll be some fans in the stands rooting for me. Of course not nearly as many as George, but ultimately I just want to put on a good fight for the fans of Montreal. It’s a great fight town and I’m really excited to display my skills in front of them.