George St.Pierre Talks About Living With OCD

Whenever Georges St-Pierre steps into the octagon, his demeanor is technical, precise and calculated. GSP’s study habits surpassed those of his peers. He was a man who paid attention to every nuance of the sport, who dissected the minute details many fighters would overlook.

More than two months after taking his indefinite hiatus from MMA competition, the longtime UFC welterweight champion opened up on these tendencies, admitting that he has obsessive compulsive disorder.

“As a competitor, as a fighter, it’s a good thing to have it because it makes you better, because you completely obsess about being a better martial artist. Every day, everything you do is oriented toward a goal. This same obsession I had about my work, my job, to make me better, it was going to drive me crazy. That’s why I took that break. I feel very good. I had my first New Year’s and Christmas with my family—I mean a real one. I can spend as much time (with them) as I want. I don’t have to go away because I have a fight coming up or training, because when I was competing, I was completely obsessed about it.”

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