“Showdown” Joe Ferraro caught up with welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre at UFC 162 and asked him whether or not he was working on anything “special” for his upcoming bout with Johnny Hendricks (November 17 in Vegas).
The Champion stated:
“I have something special I’m working on right now. I can’t really talk about it…it is something that I should have done a long time ago and it’s something I lacked a lot in my game. It’s going to be good.”
Although remaining tight-lipped about what that “something special” might be, GSP made a fist with his right hand and motioned it into his open left palm. He also emphasized the word “lacked” while discussing the special something.
The smart deduction would be that “Rush” is working on his striking power and that his use of the word “lacked” is a telling sign of self-criticism and self-awareness. The issue of GSP’s lack of power is probably even more acute (right now) as his next opponent (“Big Rig”) is renowned for it. My guess is, that Rush wants to be more than the “jab guy, takedown guy” that Hendricks believes him to be.
If this is true and GSP has decided to spend the next 4 months working on his KO power, then surely this will be good news to his fans, for even the most ardent ones seem to be growing restless with the champ’s lack of finish.
On another note, Rush came out in full favor of “VADA” (Voluntary Anti-Doping Association) testing and will be having himself tested by the organization in the lead-up to his next fight. Further, the champ said that he would like to “invite” Big Rig to submit to VADA rules too, as well as all high-profile fighters. GSP says “it’s a good thing, a pain in the butt” but it will set a good example and help eliminate cheating, which is something (as Showdown noted) GSP has been accused of in the past