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Video: GSP Says Condit is Not His Friend and He Believes He Will Finish Him

(Video courtesy of YouTube/UFC)

In his most recent UFC 137 hype video, Georges St-Pierre has some interesting words for his upcoming opponent Carlos Condit. As per usual, the polite French-Canadian UFC welterweight champion says that Condit is the toughest opponent he has faced yet, but goes on to predict that he will finish the Albuquerque, New Mexico native, who hasn’t been stopped since 2006 — a lofty goal for a guy who has gone the distance with each of his opponents since January 2009.

“In the rankings, I believe Carlos is the number one contender. In the eyes of everyone in the UFC Carlos Condit is the one who deserved the shot. I believe that Carlos poses more problems to me than I have ever seen. I’m going to have to deal with a guy who has knockout power, very technical striker and a great ground game as well. [He's an] unpredictable fighter. I’ve seen a lot of improvement in Carlos’ game, but I believe I’m a more improved fighter than he is,” St-Pierre explained. “I have a gameplan to take care of Carlos and I will execute it. He’s not my friend and I don’t put any emotion in but I believe I will have the key to victory. I do believe I will be able to knock him out or submit him. I will remain the welterweight champion.”

It’s somewhat interesting that “Rush” is rating Condit over former Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz, considering the fact that Diaz’s record and the breadth  of opponent’s he’s beaten outweigh those of the former WEC welterweight champ. Either he’s selling the fight, or he’s covering up the fact that he dodged a bullet when Diaz was pulled from the bout due to sheer stupidity.

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SnackDaddy- October 14, 2011 at 7:36 am
I'm down with giving Kampman a title shot anytime, baby. Now that guys got the heart and soul of champion.
sweetscientific- October 13, 2011 at 7:49 pm
GSP, who easily handled Shields, Penn, Koscheck, Fitch, Alves, was sitting in the hotel room praying that Diaz would fall asleep inside the weed spot and miss the flight? You'd rather believe that GSP is scared instead of Diaz using the Wile E. Coyote portable black hole to avoid an ass-whipping. Let's state some real facts here. Diaz has not beaten one top ten WW in his entire career. The best WW he's faced has been Diego Sanchez and got spanked. Diaz couldn't finish Noons, a natural LW butt GSP should fear his power? Laughable. As for Condit, he barely got past Rory McDonald. Neither Diaz or Condit is a better striker than BJ Penn or Alves. Condit is solid but he got this fight because of hype. Kampmann should be getting this fight. But Kampmann does generate the same PPV buzz.
fingerssfv- October 13, 2011 at 3:02 pm
Not his friend, huh? So, GSP joins Jackson's crew, which Condit has already been a part of, right? So they train in the same compaound for the past few years, yet they do not like eachother that much. Do I hear jealousy and fear? "He's not my friend." What is there about Condit that makes GSP want to make such a statement? Rivalry. Condit certainly didn't appreciate GSP's status, just like (or similar to) Diego Sanchez. Remember, Sanchez moved to San Diego, soon after GSP moved to Albuquerque. Yeah, this will be a great fight. I don't know how long it will last, but normally, time gives GSP the advantage, but in this case, I don't think it will be a deciding factor for GSP. Condit can go 5 rounds without gassing.
Naghammadi- October 13, 2011 at 10:49 am
I watched Condit in the WEC, he finished a few bigger and stronger fighters with an arm bar.He is like the Spider. Joe Rogan says, technique over strength?
XENOPHON- October 13, 2011 at 10:22 am
I don't know if his eyes are closed, but they sure look like he sometimes hits the bong!
KidDinomite- October 13, 2011 at 10:06 am
Utilizing the jab really only works if the fighter is either taller or has a reach advantage which gsp does not have here. His gameplan is either lay n pray or go toe to toe with Condit. He'll most likely use the same strategy he used in his bout with Thiago Alves which is set up the takedown with strikes. However, I think Condit knows this and is really working on his jab as well as his sprawl. My money goes to Condit for the KO/TKO finish. Either that or we'll see gsp cruise to yet another unanimous decision victory.
SnackDaddy- October 13, 2011 at 9:53 am
That last statement in the article got to me as well. How the hell is GSP dodging a bullet? It's Diaz who's shooting with his eyes closed. And i see this fight going down a lot like the GSP/KOS fight, with GSP jabbing his way to victory, and i got no problems with that.
XENOPHON- October 13, 2011 at 9:19 am
Your math is good in my legion. The advantage you detailed might be just enough for Condit. If Condit falters, possibly Diaz will be next as even loss to BJ, is not critical. The BJ vs. Diaz fight if more of an exhibition bout from where I stand.
GSP seems in this interview to already know and telegraphs what his strategy is fixed on, and there is problem with this? He himself said and acknowledges that Condit is unpredictable.
The is not good for GSP, as it means to me there is likely just 3 options.
First, a slug fest with Condit, doubtful as Condit can bring 10 times that of Serra.
Second, a grappling submission game with Condit, GRIN, good luck.
Third, here is what I am predicting happens. GSP must take out the element of high risk and unpredictably.
Absent grease (chuckle), the same reach, less experience in the cage, yet a 4 inch height disadvantage, the best way to achieve this for GSP is to keep Condit on his back. We all know this is his default, and it becomes clear as GSP's record with KO's is non-existent, and his TKO's which are few at best - have come only after he has had his opponents on the ground.
I am throwing all monies in, on Condit.
RwilsonR- October 13, 2011 at 9:06 am
Danomite said all that needs to be said.
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k-onda- October 13, 2011 at 7:54 am
What's there to analyze? He's just reading off a card being held up in front of his face. I don't care who wins, I just want two things - a finish in this fight (by either guy would be awesome) and Diaz getting seconds.
ccman- October 13, 2011 at 6:34 am
Sorry Serbia, but the only reason i wanted the Diaz fight was to watch all the UFC haters eat it again when another of their great B league hopes gets blasted. Melendez is probably SF's greatest hope of a champ coming over and getting a belt (yes I included Overeem even though vacated) They just been fighting cans for so long they have either never had/ or eroded skill sets. Sheilds shows this to a T.... pretty easy to be the big fish in that little pond. With Diaz his signature win has to be Daley, who was top 5 only with favorable match ups when the UFC was looking for more Brits.
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superflat- October 13, 2011 at 12:52 am
GSP's game plan against a gifted and unpredictable striker. Yeah, I'm in suspense.
SonOfSerbia- October 12, 2011 at 11:26 pm
damn look at all you diaz haters...the guy has been in some wars and is an exciting fighter to watch GSP's dry-hump routine wouldn't work on Diaz.
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DoctorWood- October 12, 2011 at 6:29 pm
Yeah, what the people above said. Way to blow your article in the final stretch moron. GSP might have some hard feelings about Diaz, but I could certainly see his opinion as valid. Condit looks to be the tougher opponent.

Win average of Diaz' last 4 = 71%
Win average of Condit's last 4 = 81%

2 of Condit's opponents are undefeated aside from the single loss to him.

Who is Diaz' big win? Mach, who is on a 4 fight loss skid??

I know MMA Math is iffy at best, but
Goat- October 12, 2011 at 5:57 pm
"dodged a bullet" = Embarrassingly dumb statement. Wow.
smellypiratehooker- October 12, 2011 at 5:04 pm
"It puts the lotion on its skin"
Kid Clam Curtains- October 12, 2011 at 4:43 pm
danomite- October 12, 2011 at 4:27 pm
"Diaz’s record and the breadth of opponent’s he’s beaten outweigh those of the former WEC welterweight champ" I think you say these things just to bait me into shitting on Nick Diaz. well it worked. Diaz has less wins and more losses than Condit. And which of Diaz's wins are more impressive than Condits exactly? Cyborg? 50 year old Frank Shamrock? or maybe KJ Noons or one of the many other mediocre lightweights Diaz beat? Diaz didn't lose his title shot due to stupidity, he lost it due to bitch-assness.
bigblockcrx- October 12, 2011 at 3:58 pm
Whats the point of "after the jump" when its 2 sentences I could have lived without? Honestly?
Kid Clam Curtains- October 12, 2011 at 3:49 pm
GSP is going to serve Condit 5 rounds of dry-humping takedowns. That's his game plan.