‘I Never Liked to Fight’- Georges St-Pierre Reveals Bizarre Truth About His Career

Published 03/18/2021, 9:08 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 04: Georges St-Pierre of Canada fights Michael Bisping of England in their UFC middleweight championship bout during the UFC 217 event at Madison Square Garden on November 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)


Georges St-Pierre is one of the greatest if not the greatest fighter ever to grace the UFC Octagon. He won the UFC welterweight and middleweight titles during his run with the promotion and had a fantastic career full of accolades. However, he has said many times that he did not enjoy fighting.

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This might come as a surprise to many considering what he was able to achieve in his career. One might think about how he managed to stay hungry despite not liking fighting. But GSP confirmed yet again that his disdain for fighting was legitimate.

In a recent interview with ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, St-Pierre said, “Well, I think we all have different reasons why we’re fighting. I fought, you know, because of the passion. I never liked to fight to tell the truth. You know, I never enjoyed it a second, like people think I’m lying, but it’s the truth. I never love to fight. I never like it. When people ask me why you’re fighting them. I guess it’s because I like to win better than I hate to lose.”

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NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 04: Georges St-Pierre of Canada celebrates his submission victory over Michael Bisping of England in their UFC middleweight championship bout during the UFC 217 event inside Madison Square Garden on November 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

This was a shock admission from the legendary Canadian. However, he also explained what actually attracted him to pursue his career in combat sports despite not enjoying fighting.

St-Pierre loved to train and the lifestyle he was living

There is a certain freedom about the lifestyle of a fighter that very few other career options can provide. Also, St-Pierre was happy with the money he was making from his work. That gave him the chance to explore life and live it to the fullest that he could. So, overall, it was lucrative enough for him to continue.

I like to I like the money that I was making. I like the freedom in order to have that freedom, that money. That access of thing that people doesn’t have I needed to fight. That’s how I make a living. But that the day that I was fighting it for me, it was unbearable. I never liked it. But I guess some people do like to fight,” said St-Pierre.

And they do that because they love it. But I’m not one of them. I did it because it was my living. I love to train, I love the science of fighting, I love martial art I don’t like I don’t like to compete, because the feeling of not knowing if you’re going to be humiliated or badly hurt, or winning. It’s unbearable for me, you know, but some people I guess they like that feeling,” he further added.

Nobody wants to lose, especially fighters. This is because when they do lose, it’s out there for the world to see them get humiliated. St-Pierre has suffered the ill side of it too. Matt Serra and Matt Hughes have defeated the Canadian fighter in his career.

Also, he pointed out that the chances of aggravating a serious injury are very high in this level of combat, especially in the UFC. So, it might seem like a great life for some, but it is not a universal feel.

Is Georges St-Pierre the greatest fighter of all time?

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St-Pierre ranks among the greatest fighters of all time in the Mount Rushmore of MMA. He has dominated the welterweight division of the UFC during his active run, where he broke multiple records.

NEWARK, NJ – MARCH 27: UFC fighter Georges St-Pierre (L) battles Dan Hardy (R) during their Welterweight title bout at UFC 111 at the Prudential Center on March 27, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey. St-Pierre won by Unanimous Decision at 5:00 of the 5th round. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Zuffa, LLC via Getty Images)

However, it’s shocking that he didn’t like to fight. The same may hold true for many fighters who may not be upfront about it. GSP doesn’t shy away from how he feels and is comfortable discussing them with others. That only adds to his greatness, as up-and-coming fighters can get a better insight into a fighter’s life from this.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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