In the following interview , St-Pierre discussed a myriad of topics including his reasoning for signing on as a TUF coach, what he thinks about Koscheck as an opponent, and why he can’t wait to take his outspoken rival on later this year.
You are coaching on the next season of The Ultimate Fighter. Why did you decide to agree to this coaching spot? What excited you about the opportunity?
St-Pierre: It’s a good experience to offer my knowledge to the guys. It’s going to be a completely different season than every other season before. A lot of things have happened and a lot of people will see a different side of my personality coaching against Josh Koscheck.
Everyone knew heading into the season that Koscheck was going to talk smack about you, and he has already started by making accusations in the media. Is it easy for you to remain calm and collected in these situations or do you get angry behind the scenes?
St-Pierre: For sure I get angry, I get mad, and sometimes I want to say bad things but I am a martial artist. I stand for something and I fight for something and it’s not my style to talk like that even though sometimes it’s hard. It’s a lot harder to not [talk smack] than to let yourself go and be disrespectful. That is my nature. I want to take the high road.
In terms of the fight, do you think Koscheck is going to be your toughest challenge?
St-Pierre: It’s going to be the toughest challenge. He’s very skilled and he’s the kind of fighter that is very well rounded. A lot of the guys that I have fought are good on the ground or on the feet, but they have holes in their game. Koscheck is like me; he’s not the best striker, not the best wrestler, not the best Jiu-Jitsu guy, but he can do it all so it’s going to be interesting. You’re going to see a mix of different things; it’s going to be good.
A lot of people that you have fought, including Koscheck, Hardy, and others, have said that you have no chin. You have obviously taken hard shots in training and in your fights, so how do you feel when fighters say that about you because of your loss to Serra?
St-Pierre: Well we will see who has the best chin in my fight. I can’t wait to see that. I’m very confident and it’s not because I’m afraid of getting hit that I don’t get hit, I think it’s just stupid to get hit.
In the full interview, St-Pierre discusses the role of traditional martial arts in modern MMA, Anderson Silva' recent performance against Demian Maia, his growing popularity, and recent criticism he has faced from fans.