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GSP UFC 167 pre-fight interview

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“I am the best in the world, I believe it,” states Georges St-Pierre and adds, “and, I’m going to prove it again to everybody.”

What more do people need to know?!

On November 16th at UFC 167, the undisputed UFC welterweight champion aims to defend his - most definitely, his - belt for a 9th consecutive time against knockout artist Johny “Bigg Rigg” Hendricks. Also, St-Pierre will be looking for his 19th win inside the Octagon, which will be a UFC record. So, when the 32 year old from Montreal says he’s the “best”, it’s almost impossible to argue.
“I’m very excited in fighting Johny Hendricks,” asserts St-Pierre. “He’s the #1 guy right now. A lot of people believe he has the style to beat me. But I’m better than him everywhere, I believe that. I can wrestle him. I can over power him, if I want to. I’m not scared of him. I respect his power, but I’m not afraid of it. People don’t realize I’m the best at not getting hit and not getting damaged. I can take a punch. I will put his chin, his wrestling, and his jiu-jitsu to the test.”

With a cavalcade of clips of “Rush” doing sprints and sparring drills to some of St-Pierre’s in-cage highlights of his picture perfect spinning back kicks, the champ as well as UFC commentator Joe Rogan lay it on thick reminding fight fans how talented the most famous member of the roster is. “Georges St-Pierre has worked incredibly hard to become one of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters in the history of the sport and the greatest welterweight champion in the history of Mixed Martial Arts,” affirms Rogan who has a penchant for hyperbole, but in this case he’s incredibly spot-on about the 24-2 “Rush”.

In the end, St-Pierre sums up the latest defense of a title he’s held with an unshakable rule for the past 6 years with appropriate aplomb. “I think I’m going to win, he thinks he’s going to win,” says arguably the most dominant champ the UFC has ever known and adds, “We’re going to clash and find out.”

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