Ever want something so bad that you told little lies to yourself so that you could believe? Maybe you really wanted to believe that you could beat your older brother in Street Fighter II so badly that you already started betting on who would have do all of the chores before the game even started.
Well I wouldn’t know anything about that, but Georges St. Pierre might really want to believe that he is fully recovered and a newer more invigorated version of his previous self after coming back from an injury. Doesn’t this sound familiar? Haven’t we heard this all to many times?
Fighter gets injured. Fighter gets surgery. Goes through rehab. Claims he is now truly 100% or even better than he was before. Tito Ortiz anyone?
For a professional fighter, whose livelihood consists of fighting, the idea that he can no longer do this as good as he once could is as painful a realization as the weekend warrior football dad that must finally accept he’s not going to be playing in the NFL or the aspiring rock musician with a wife and kids who wont be headlining Madison Square Garden, ever.
I’m not trying to shatter dreams here. Whatever I say has nothing to do with whether these dreams will eventually be realized or not. In the case of GSP, I merely make the point that he might not be in touch with reality as much as he thinks he is.
See, it is easier for Georges to believe that he is now better than he was along with having a renewed sense of enjoyment and appreciation for the sport he claims that he began to lose a passion for about the same time as his injury. The idea that he isn’t 100% or far from it despite putting relentless hours into rehabbing his injured knee might be too much for the guy to handle (and possibly anyone for that matter). He’s made a career out of being the best and anything less than that is not on the man’s radar.
Let’s not forget, that Georges also has millions upon millions of dollars at stake in sponsorships and percentages of UFC PPV buys etc. Even if he weren’t completely the same fighter as he once was, he has every reason to continue competing at the highest level and telling himself he’s better than ever.
Heck, I’d fight Anderson Silva with a bum knee if I had a multi-million dollar pay day waiting for me on the other side.
Georges St. Pierre may truly believe he’s a better version of himself than he was before his injury. I’m not so convinced.
We’ll have to wait and see at UFC 154 but even then, questions could still linger as to whether or not it is Georges St. Pierre or his increased quality of competition that is the cause of any changes in his performance.