There are no breaks in a "real" fight -- two men go toe-to-toe until one of them taps, naps or snaps. Inside the Octagon, however, where it supposed be, "As Real As It Gets!," the best athletes in the world are given brief breaks between five-minute rounds.
Making an impromptu appearance on "The Joe Rogan Experience" today (April 23, 2013), "Rush" revealed if he could change one thing about mixed martial arts (MMA) today, he would do away with "stupid" timed rounds. That's right, the endurance-gifted French Canadian would prefer the sport -- most importantly UFC -- go back to the early days of competition where there was one single timed round instead of the current format.
According to St. Pierre, by having a single round with no rest between would best determine the better fighter. No being saved by the bell, in-fight adjustments from the corner team, cut treatment and absolutely no rest for 15 (or 25 in championship / main event bouts) minutes.
Nada, zip, zilch, zero.
"There's a lot of things I would change in the sport. First of all, the time, there's no time, no round. Seriously, I believe it is stupid, the round. If you want to see who's the best man, let them fight, you know? Fifteen minutes or maybe 25 minutes for the championship. No rounds. Why the round? Why are we trying to be like boxing? We're not boxers -- they did rounds to be like boxing to be accepted as a sport. Yeah, of course, 100 percent (there would be more finishes). No rounds. I think it's ridiculous. 100 percent I would rather fight with a rule like this, I think it's more honest, like, who's the better man? Let them fight."
Not everyone has a bottomless gas tank like St. Pierre (except maybe Cain Velasquez), who has been involved in five consecutive five-round title fights. He is undoubtedly among the top conditioned athletes in the sport, meaning that if the promotion were to ever return to its original roots, paying respect to early Ironmen such as Royce Gracie, Mark Coleman, and Dan Severn, among others, St. Pierre would most likely continue to shine.
And perhaps even finish an opponent for the first time since 2009.
Regardless, on the heels of his most recent performance against Nick Diaz at UFC 158, during which St. Pierre uncharacteristically faded in the final two rounds (even though he won them), it wouldn't be a stretch to assume that the outcome could have been somewhat different even if it was because of the fever-like symptoms he was battling.
On second thought ... not really.