And it provided one extremely compelling look at tonight's headlining bout pitting Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre vs. Interim Champion Carlos Condit, most notably "Rush's" words when speaking on the pending match-up.
"I'm scared. I'm terrified. I'm scared of failure and everything. And I'm always scared, no matter who I'm fighting. I've always been scared. Every fight has been a big fight. But as much as I'm scared, Saturday I'm going to make that walk to the Octagon and I'm going to fight like my life depends on it. When it's a lot of pressure, it pumps me up, that's when I'm at my best. All those big fights, that's when I'm at my best."
That's a fascinating look inside the psyche of one of the greatest fighters of all time. He's not scared of his opponents so much as he's afraid of failing in front of so many spectators. But St. Pierre channels that fear into a force no opponent has been able to overcome since he recognized said fear and how to use it to his advantage.
As for Condit? "I can say it over and over, I'm ready to fucking go."
So are we.