Georges St-Pierre is responsible for one of the most iconic and celebrated put-downs in UFC history.
After Matt Hughes had defended the promotion’s welterweight title with a stoppage win over BJ Penn at UFC 63, St-Pierre got into the octagon, embraced Hughes like a brother and then grabbed the microphone to the deliver a brutally and brilliantly basic line, that was also bizarrely cutting and ever-so ‘GSP’ in it’s delivery.
“I’m not impressed by your performance.”
It wasn’t exactly Conor McGregor or Muhammad Ali material but, man, did Hughes look stunned, and a little hurt.
Years later, however, the bloody adorable St-Pierre admitted that he actually felt bad about the whole incident.
“It’s not my style to go in, and it was very low-class from my part to go in there and ruin his celebration,” St-Pierre said during an episode of “Fightography” on UFC Fight Pass(via MMAJunkie).
“I thought he was talking smack about me,” St-Pierre added. “Now I look at it, and it makes me laugh.”
So, as you can see, this is not a man cut out for the trash talking life. He, as the old cliche goes, likes to do his talking with his fists and the occasional double-leg. That iconic utterance to Hughes all the way back in 2006, then, was pretty much a one-off.
In this regard, St-Pierre differs entirely from his upcoming opponent, UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping.
The Englishman loves to lay into his foes verbally as much as physically and at a press conference last week, he really let St-Pierre have it – making fun of the Canadian’s size and his admittedly strange fascination with aliens, among other things, all the while swearing like a sailor with tourettes.
However, just like at UFC 63, St-Pierre was not impressed.
“You know, there are a lot of guys who are very good trash talkers in this game. Conor McGregor is one, Chael Sonnen is one – he’s an expert,” St-Pierre said during Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour(Transcription via MMAFighting). “And I always feel like I cannot get into a war of words with these guys, because first, English is not my first language, and I’m just not good at trash talking. I do my talking in the fight. I’m not a good talker, I’m a good fighter.”
“But what I can say is this: I do not believe Michael Bisping is a good trash talker. I believe the best thing he did for me was to talk, because he embarrassed himself every time he opened his mouth. So he did the job for me. I didn’t even have to say anything.”
At the end of the presser, as is traditional, Bisping and St-Pierre met at the centre of the stage for a face-off. It was clear that the pair were talking but it wasn’t immediately obvious what words were being exchanged.
According to Georges, though, we didn’t miss much.
“Some stupid stuff – nonsense,” is how St-Pierre described the chatter. “Like ‘you’re small, I’m going to beat you’ and I said something like, ‘yeah, you might be tall, but you’re going to fall from high.’ B.S. stuff. I’m just not good at talking. I pick my fights carefully because it’s not my thing, it’s not my first language, and if I get into a war of words, it’s not my thing. But he’s not a good trash talker. He’s terrible at it. The more he talks, the more he embarrasses himself and the more he looks bad.
“I think he has a complex, because people doubted him for all his life. I think he has a mental complex. That’s why he’s thinking like that. But anyway, it doesn’t matter, because when I’m going to fight him, he’s going to see the difference in levels between he and I. You’re going to see the difference.”
A date has yet to be announced for Michael Bisping vs ‘GSP’, which will be St-Pierre’s first fight since November of 2013 and his middleweight debut. Early talk suggested that it would take place during the summer, but it now seems likely to be penciled in for sometime in the autumn.
So, Bisping is likely to have plenty of opportunities to change St-Pierre’s mind.