Top UFO investigator defends George St. Pierre's fear of aliens and 'lost time' phenomenon

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"There's a red, under my bed ... and there's a little green man in my head."

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre is deathly afraid of aliens, which could be problematic, considering his employers are expected to host an upcoming pay-per-view (PPV) event next year in Mexico.

Ba-dum-dum ... tish!

But seriously folks (I'll be here all week, try the veal), "Rush" is afraid of little green men from outer space, which we learned from Kenny Florian last year on UFC Tonight (watch him spill the extraterrestrial beans here). But has he been watching too much History channel?

Or is something more sinister afoot?

The gang at Fightland bounce a few questions off Nick Pope, a former member of the British government's Ministry of Defense, who was also charged with investigating UFO encounters.

Here's a snip:

"I've investigated hundreds of cases where people claim to have had alien encounters of some kind. In my experience, these people are generally truthful and are describing their experiences in an honest way. However, none of this means these people have genuinely encountered extraterrestrials, even if that's what they sincerely believe. While stories of encountering unknown entities are cross-cultural and have been told throughout human history, it doesn't mean they are true in a literal, physical way--only that people think they're true. While I can't rule out a literal explanation, there may be other factors at work here. I don't know Georges St. Pierre personally and haven't investigated his experiences, so I can't really say what he's experiencing. But inevitably, with these sorts of non-physical encounters, the evidence brings us back to the most complex, fascinating and enigmatic thing in the known universe: the human brain. This is in no way to imply that people having these experiences are mad or that it's 'all in the mind,' but to give one example, we know that some hallucinations are so vivid as to be indistinguishable from reality."

See his full remarks here.

Pope directed his remarks at St. Pierre's "lost time" conversation during Joe Rogan's podcast (replay here) last April. "Rush" insists he's not ready to come clean on his fear of aliens, but does confess to losing large blocks of time throughout his day and night, where hours simply disappear from his day, completely unaccounted for.

Otherwise known as "working for MMAmania.com."

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