Balls Channel and UFC fighter Georges St-Pierre held a press conference Thursday morning, September 23, to promote the GSP Hits Manila: Experience the Rush tour.
The Canadian superstar is every bit the champion: composed, knowledgeable, and well-respected.
GSP is set to appear in front of thousands of Pinoy MMA fans as he conducts a one-day MMA clinic on Saturday, September 25, at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall.
(Click here to watch PEP's video coverage of GSP's press conference.)
His December 12 (Manila time) title fight with welterweight contender Josh Koscheck is also nearing by the week, not to mention heating up courtesy of the latter's non-stop trash talk months before even facing off.
St-Pierre (20-2) and Koscheck (15-4) are both serving as coaches for the latest season of the The Ultimate Fighter, a rivalry that will culminate on UFC 124, where the two will duke it out for the second time (GSP once defeated Koscheck via decision in 2007).
But given how well-prepared St-Pierre looks and sounds for his upcoming fight, we're thinking he'll come out of this one the victor, as indicated by the champion's own statements:
1. A small motivation could go a long way
The MMA community has always associated St-Pierre as one of the more discipline-based fighters in the UFC, along with the likes of Lyoto Machida and Anderson Silva. As composed a mindset GSP has, his love for fighting escalated from an experience every kid go through: being bullied.
“My father taught me when I was seven years old. I’ve always been a fan of the movie Bloodsport with Jean Claude Van Damme. I’ve always wanted to be a champion in karate.
When I was at school karate helped me because I had problems at school. I was bullied all the time by teenagers older than me so doing martial arts helped me develop discipline and teach me how to believe in myself.
Being harassed almost every week and every day, it was tough being a kid so martial arts was the place where I could take my aggression and put it in the right place.”
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