UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre is perhaps the best mixed martial artists in the world today. "Rush" is currently riding a nine-fight win streak with six title defenses and is arguably one of the top two pound-for-pound fighters in the sport alongside his middleweight counterpart, Anderson Silva.
With a record of 22 wins with 2 losses -- both of which he later avenged -- St. Pierre has dominated the UFC's 170-pound division for the last six years and is considered by many to be the wholesome face of the promotion.
However, if you ask the man himself, he feels that he is not yet the best. But, when the day comes that he realizes that he is the best in the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA), it will be time to walk away.
Speaking to TheGlobeAndMail.com, the Canadian sensation talked about his future goals, finishing fights and having a violent side.
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"I want to retire being the best pound-for-pound fighter that ever lived. It's very hard to say how to judge it, but when I think myself that I'm the best it will be the time to do something else in my life."
"Rush" also went on to say, like many athletes, media and public relation duties is his least favorite part of his job.
"I'm not going to lie, it's probably the part of my job I dislike the most, but I know it's important. Hopefully the (Fox) deal will take the sport to a new level, it will also bring a bigger range of audience, more sponsors, more visibility, more money -- increase the caliber of the sport."
The often soft-spoken champ also touched on the necessity of having a violent side and his criticism for not finishing fights.
"Everyone has a violent side; my job is to win, and in order to win most of the time I need to injure my opponent. It's a violent sport but in real life I'm not a violent guy. I'm an athlete in a full contact sport so it requires violence to win. I've had a lot of criticism about not finishing fights, but if there's anyone who wants to finish fights it's me. It's hard to stay champion and in the welterweight division today's number one can so easily become tomorrow's number two.
The UFC welterweight champion has often been on the receiving end of harsh criticism and accused of coasting through fights and playing it safe. His last four title defenses have gone the distance, with his last stoppage win coming at UFC 94 against "The Prodigy" B.J. Penn after the Hawaiian's corner threw in the towel.
"Rush" will try to add to his legacy by defeating former Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz at UFC 143 on Feb. 4, 2012 in Las Vegas; a fight many consider to be one of the most anticipated of all time.
A win over the Stockton slugger will definitely be a step in the right direction in St. Pierre's quest to be known as the best of all time.
What, or who, else is left?