INTERVIEW: UFC’s GSP Talks Legacy And The Future Of Ultimate Fighting
Saturday marks UFC 170, headlined by two former Olympic champions, Sara McMann and Ronda Rousey. Both are pioneers, with Rousey being the hottest name in fight sports right now. We turned to UFC legend Georges St-Pierre to get an insiders take on “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey’s potential, on his other favorite upcoming fighters and where he see’s the sports going in the future.
There isn’t a sport growing faster than UFC and your’e definitely one of the people responsible for pushing it. As an Ultimate Fighting ambassador, how heavy is that weight on your shoulders?
I don’t really think about that. I just try to be a good role model for the [younger] people to be well behaved because, I love kids and I know they look up to us. I try to show a good example. Wayne Gretzky was my idol and I try to be like him. He was a good example to have.
He was “The Great One” and I think you might be close to the same level when it comes to UFC.
When it comes to hockey, it’s the mostly popular sport in Canada and Europe but as a sport, we’re doing good. I try, but I think I still have a lot to do to be compared with a guy like Wayne Gretzky.
I’m glad you touched on that, because I want to talk a little about legacy. You’re still at a point in your career where you’re building yours, but there are guys on the come up. Who are the fighters you think will carry the torch once you’re done?
Right now, I vacated the title. I needed a break and I don’t know how long I’ll be out of competition. I believe the guys to watch out for are Jake Shields and Demian Maia and Rory McDonald. Those are the three guys I believe are, skill wise, the most gifted and talented.
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