Georges St-Pierre, the former UFC Welterweight and Middleweight champion and one of the most legendary figures in mixed martial arts, believes fighters take trash talk to a whole new level of personal, something which he himself never committed during his years of dominance in the Octagon.
Combat sports and trash talk- any fight fan knows that the two go hand in hand. Be it a super hyped boxing world championship event or a crucial UFC title fight, the trash talks during the pre fight press conferences are mostly what sets the grudge atmosphere between the two fighters ready to smother one another in the ring or the cage.
The UFC roster, in particular, has seen some of the very best in the art of trash talking. Be it the good old days of BJ Penn and Tito Ortiz, to the fiery-mouthed Diaz brothers, or the likes of Conor McGregor, Ronda Rousey, and Michael Bisping, who are considered to be the best ever in the scene.
However, at times, trash talks have seen unforeseen outcomes, with several reasons including personal attacks or bringing someone’s religion or families that turn things ugly. One prime example is the enmity between McGregor and Khabib during UFC 229, and most recently, the off the cage altercation between Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal– two of the most outspoken fighters on the mic, in the aftermath of UFC 272.
Keeping his private life personal helped Georges St-Pierre in tackling trash talks
Considered to be the greatest ever in the sport by many, Georges St-Pierre had been a well recipient of the grudges of his rivals during his prime as well. However, he did not let any other fighter target his family or personal life because he kept those things private and retained the focus on himself always. Speaking to The MMA Hour recently, “Rush” stated that fighters today take trash talks personally because it involves their families.
“Things get out of hand,” said St-Pierre, “I think guys, they take it too personal. For me, it never mattered what my opponent was saying to me. For me, it’s not personal, it’s about business, and the more he was trash-talking me, the more, in a way, I was making money. So I really have to give a big thank you to all the ferocious opponents I had who were trash-talking me, because they built up the fight in a better, interesting way for the audience, so I made more money. It’s good for business.”
“There’s a reason why I never put my family and my real private life public. It’s because I know if someone wants to get to me, it’s easy for me. It comes from one ear and it goes out the other one and I don’t take it personal,” the Canadian went on, “But if you tried to get to someone that I love or someone in my family, now it’s gonna be a different story. So that’s why I always tried to hide this part of my life. Because I am a public person, so this part, it’s public, it’s for the fans, but my private life, for me it’s even more precious to me. To compare with my career, my life is a million times better than what I’ve done in my career, but I keep it secret because it’s my private life. It’s my diamond. It’s my treasure.”
“Most guys don’t think like that. A lot of them, sometimes they want to use their families to build up a better platform, to showcase their — that’s okay too. It’s just for me, I knew coming from a martial arts background, it’s not a game that we play, and if you want to get to someone to make him lose his chill, there’s a way to get to someone and that’s to attack someone that he loves. Sometimes that’s a better way than to attack the person himself, and I knew that, and I didn’t want to give the chance to my opponents to use that against me. The Art of War, my friend! The Art of War!” GSP added. [H/T BJPenn.com]
- George St-Pierre believes fighters take trash talk too personally because they don’t keep their private life secret
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