Georges St. Pierre has been taken into deep waters by his last eight opponents, with seven of them making it all the way to the final horn against one of the best pound-for-pound mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters in the world.
For some, going the distance with the current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight champion is a victory in itself. After all, hanging in there to the very end solidifies that they are at "GSP's" level, or it could just prove the theory that "Rush" can't finish fights anymore.
But, we'll leave that one for another day.
As the French-Canadian gears up to potentially defend his 170-pound title for an incredible ninth time against new division contender Johny Hendricks, he'll face someone who isn't content with going all five rounds, but rather someone who plans to win every single second of the bout.
"Bigg Rigg's" trainer, Steven Wright, broke it down to Sherdog's Beatdown Radio:
"Sometimes they get it in their mind once they're in there with GSP, ‘If I at least go the distance, I've accomplished something.' That's not Johny at all. Johny's trying to win every second of every round. He's going to push. He's going to give the best performance of his life that day, and we're excited for the fight."
In other words, he'll try to St. Pierre, St. Pierre.
And while Hendricks is the obvious underdog, it isn't exactly uncharted territory for "Bigg Rigg" because he's played that role plenty of times before:
"We understand that a lot of people have picked Johny to lose quite a few times, but I understand the athlete I've got. I believe that I've got the best 170 in the world and we're just looking for the opportunity to fight GSP now."
Johny's shot isn't exactly carved in stone just yet.
There still may be that small glimmer of hope that St. Pierre opts to finally take on current UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva in a much-desired "super fight." But seeing as how "Rush" has been hesitant in the past, I think Hendricks is a lock to get the next crack at the Canadian sensation.
And he's not looking for a simple moral victory, either.