When not comparing missing fighting to missing a girlfriend, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre is drawing parallels between mixed martial arts (MMA) and another major sport ... golf?
You heard that right, "Rush" says despite being out of the fight game for nearly 19 months, once he steps inside the Octagon this weekend (Nov. 17, 2012) at UFC 154 to face Carlos Condit, it will be all about repetition, instincts and not over-thinking things, which is much like the game of golf.
St. Pierre explained it at today's (Nov. 14, 2012) UFC 154 press conference:
"MMA is like when you play golf. All the repetitive movements are things I've done before. When he does a move, I'll be instinctively reacting. Once the ball's in the air in golf, you can't change anything. I shouldn't be thinking too much. I should be following my instincts and my reflexes. Trust my training. It's better to be on cruise control. I've worked on very specific issues and I will be reacting. If I was afraid about my leg, I wouldn't be in the ring."
Tiger, Tiger Woods ya'll!
Despite his extended absence, St. Pierre is confident ring rust will not be a factor in his title unification match against "The Natural Born Killer." After all, he has been competing in MMA for quite some time now, and doing a darn good job at it, too.
It's like riding a bike ... or, in this case, like swinging a club.
Despite the French-Canadian's confidence, one can't help but to think that GSP will probably take a few minutes -- or maybe even a few rounds -- to find his groove inside the cage after sitting on the sidelines so long to rehab his shredded knee.
Or, he can shift out out of "cruise control" and into an aggressive gear to peel out of the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, a winner before his 25 championship minutes expire.