GSP: Toughest challenge is overcoming rust


Posted at Oct 23 2012 10:34 PM | Updated as of Oct 24 2012 06:34 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Mixed martial arts (MMA) champion Georges St.-Pierre said coming off an injury will be his biggest challenge when he defends his title in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 154.

St.-Pierre will be defending his title against interim champion “Natural Born Killer” Carlos Condit on November 17, his first after more than a year of absence from the Octagon.

“It's been a year and a half,” St.-Pierre told of his hiatus following his knee injury.

“The hardest part in being away from this sport is being inactive, being unable to do what you like to do for a living,” he said.

St.-Pierre said being inactive may have deteriorated his skills a bit.

Making matters worse, he said, is the kind of fighter he has to face on his comeback.

“The most dangerous things that Condit has are tenacity and adaptation. He can adapt to any opponent, that's why he's so good. He's very skilled and he's very smart,” said St.-Pierre.

However, he remains confident that he will still be named as the victor of the title fight.

“I'm not afraid of Carlos Condit,” St.-Pierre said.