Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre wasn't feeling 100 percent ahead of his title fight against Nick Diaz last weekend (Sat., March 16, 2013) at UFC 158, according to head trainer Firas Zahabi.
Appearing on "The MMA Hour," Zahabi revealed the French-Canadian was warm prior to the start of the main event from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, working through the ill effects of a fever that made "Rush" feel a bit "uneasy."
And even though he was feeling "sick," pulling the plug on the 170-pound pay-per-view (PPV) blockbuster title fight never crossed the company man's mind.
"He was sick, you know. He had a bit of the start of a fever. He was a bit warm. But, what are you going to do? You're not always going to have a perfect fight, you know? Everybody is a little injured, everybody is a bit busted up. He wasn't sick enough to pull the plug on the fight, but he did have the start of the fever. He was warm and he was feeling a little uneasy. He was feeling a little sick."
Perhaps that explains the reason "Rush" was seen constantly looking at the clock, which many mixed martial arts (MMA) fans considered to be a sign of fatigue, especially in the championship rounds. It might be the reason that he supposedly had female punching power, too.
Nevertheless, the fever wasn't strong enough to affect his dominant performance against Diaz -- a clean sweep on the judges' scorecards after 25 minutes of action -- that earned him his eighth straight title defense and eleventh consecutive victory inside the Octagon.
It also earned him a much-needed break from the spotlight -- and fighting -- after defending his 170-pound title twice in the span of four months.