UFC Welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre joins challenger Carlos Condit in a pre-fight conference call with the press to promote UFC 154.
Today at 2pm EST (11am PST) the UFC will be hosting a conference call featuring UFC 154 headliners Georges St. Pierre and Carlos Condit. In 10 days, the two will square off in the Octagon to unify the UFC Welterweight titles. St. Pierre has long been the undisputed king of the 170 lb. division, but due to an extended layoff Carlos Condit was awarded the interim title after snatching a decision from Nick Diaz at UFC 143.
GSP was originally scheduled to face Diaz at the event, but a serious knee injury forced him out of the bout and allowed Carlos to take his place. The champ has been out of action for over 18 months now, spending the last 10 of them rehabilitating the injury. Although he's already addressed it, you can be sure St. Pierre will be asked about the condition of his knee today.
I'll be keeping BE updated throughout the conference call here and on BE's Twitter account. Let us know what you think in the comments.
GSP is the most dominant champion ever and biggest PPV draw in the UFC
On Silva appearance: He's there to cheer Georges on and wants him to win.
On GSP as PPV draw and having him back: It's a big deal (to have GSP back). We missed him.
Can't say enough good things about GSP. Represents title and sport well. Represents Canada well. Has the entire country of Canada behind him.
Has no idea about Hendricks/Kampmann fight. Has to see what happens between GSP/Condit
GSP/Silva is a pound-for-pound fight. If Condit wins he'll defend his belt against next contender.
The gate's a 3 million dollars. Maybe we did overprice this one a bit much. As we get closer we'll see how it goes. This is one of the biggest gates of the year.
We could go to Toronto, Dallas TX stadium, or soccer stadium in Brazil. it's fun to talk about the super fight, but he's gotta get through Carlos Condit first.
If GSP/Silva were to happen. That's a fight you could do at Cowboy stadium. We've been talking it up with (Cowboy stadium). They're pumped and ready.
Georges St. Pierre
I don't care about Silva he can do whatever he wants. I'm concentrating on Carlos Condit
On not finishing fights: It's not really being in danger. I need to be more opportunistic. Need to be jumping more on opportunity when it happens.
Wants Nick diaz because he called him out, but the fight he wants the most is Carlos Condit.
He would of course go back to Jackson's after this fight.
When you're out for injury, when you're away from it you realize what you missed. Very pumped to be back.
Used to look forward to vacation during training camp, not enjoy it, He's now back to enjoying it, not burned out anymore.
I perform my best under pressure.
On being an underdog: I do feel like an underdog. I put myself in that mindset. As far as Georges being out, I don't see it being that big of a factor. According to all reports he's back better than ever.
Definitely motivating. I like to play the role of spoiler. I'd say there's a lot of people in the media that are overlooking me. Hopefully I'll change a lot of plans.
Switched up training, specifically coaches with Greg Jackson out. Not a dramatic change, just adding to what was successful before.
Hasn't been a huge change, still interacting with Greg. Feels like he's in good hands with coaching team even without Jackson.
This is a must-win for GSP. All the pressure is on him
I'm going to walk away with the UFC championship. Undisputed not the Interim anymore.
I have a skillset and pose problems for a lot of opponents that they don't get from different guys. I'm able to take the fight to my opponent no matter where the fight ends up. I'm mentally strong. I'm very confident. Georges is one of the best fighters to ever step into the Octagon, it's an honor to compete against him.