Welterweight Champion (24–2) may not look motivated answering media questions for his upcoming bout with Johny Hendricks (15–1), but underneath all that flesh and muscle there’s still an ambitious fighter with a drive to hold on to the welterweight strap a little longer.
GSP hates doing pre-fight interviews with practically everyone, and it’s nothing personal. However, people need to understand that he’s been in front of the camera for years, answering the same questions over and over. It’s tiresome to do for anyone, even if GSP is known to go the distance. I strongly believe the UFC should cut some slack and limit more interviews for veterans like GPS andbecause they’ve been in the spotlight for years. They shouldn’t have to work hard to sell a fight, it should be more of an effort for their opponents, in my opinion.
In GSP’s case, too many interviews can lead him to be misinterpreted by the media sometimes. Last week, rumors broke out that GSP was planning to retire after the Hendricks fight, which isn’t the truth. GSP’s trainer, Firas Zahabi from Tristar Gym, told Ariel Helwani that GSP will only retire if he loses the “drive” to fight:
GSP has always said that if he loses the drive to really go through with a great training camp and push himself, then he will retire. GSP’s camp has been his best in years, last two not so great, because he was so rusty because of the knee injury.
GSP also confirmed the other day that he purchased a brand new Octagon for his camp, so my feeling is he’s staying for a while guys. In the meantime, let’s all enjoy his fights like the one coming up next month.
UFC 167: St-Pierre vs. Hendricks is slated for November 16, 2013, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada