George St. Pierre: “I Want to be the Real Champion”


George “Rush” St. Pierre sits down for his “Final Exam” interview with Thomas Gerbasi of, before his big fight for the unified UFC welterweight title against Matt Serra at UFC 83.

“I’m in the prime of my life, and normally people my age go out a lot, they drink, and a lot of them take drugs, I’m not gonna lie…I know that’s not something good for me. When I’m training for a fight and my friends are calling me to go out, I have to stay home. That’s one of the sacrifices I have to make and it’s pretty hard sometimes.”

“After the fight, no matter what happens, I’m gonna shake Matt Serra’s hand…A lot of things have been said, some stuff crossed the line a little bit, but I think Matt Serra is a good person and I want to fight the best Matt Serra for my honor. I want to be the real champion, and I want to beat the champion when he’s at his best, and I’m sure it’s the same thing for him. After the fight, win, lose, no matter, I’m gonna shake his hand and maybe we can have a drink together.”