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Georges St-Pierre: I hate the pressure of fighting, it’s unbearable

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Georges St-Pierre may be the new middleweight champion, but he says he does not really enjoy fighting.

It would be valid to assume that all professional fighters love the way they make a living. But as admitted by Nick Diaz, there are some who do not really enjoy their chosen profession as much as people think that they do.

Georges St-Pierre is apparently on that list. In a special episode of the MMA Hour on Monday, the newly-crowned UFC middleweight champion revealed how he enjoys the part of being a martial artist, and how it turns a bit sour for him once he is again faced with a big fight.

“I love the lifestyle I have,” St-Pierre said (via MMA Fighting). “It gives me the freedom, I can train. I have a martial artist life, I can live like a samurai. Every day, I try to reach perfection. I try to be the perfect fighting machine. Even though perfection is not perfect, but I will try to be as much as I can. As much as I can obtain to be, to allow me to have the freedom to do whatever I want.”

“The week leading up to the fight, you’re very stressed,” he pointed out. “It’s unbelievable. And I don’t like that part of my work — I hate it. Especially, it’s mostly the waiting part. I love fighting when I’m in the gym and I train with a guy. I love exchanging knowledge, I love training. But when I’m fighting, the pressure of it, it’s crazy. It’s unbearable. I hate it.”

As of the moment, St-Pierre is non-committal about unifying his title against Robert Whittaker. But ultimately, he recognizes that he needs go through the grind in order to keep the life that he enjoys.

“But if I pass that, if I go through this, it will allow me to have the lifestyle that I love to have,” St-Pierre said. “My freedom, my lifestyle to train like a samurai, to be able to train like a martial artist, to pursue the great things in my career. There’s no perfect job.”

“There are more positive things about my job than negative. That’s why I’m doing it.”

St-Pierre defeated Michael Bisping via third-round submission at UFC 217 this past weekend to become the fourth two-division champion in the history of the UFC.