UFC 124: St-Pierre vs. Koscheck hype begins in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

UFC welterweight champion, Georges St. Pierre and number one contender, Josh Koscheck appeared at the UFC 124 press conference in Montreal, Quebec, Canada today ahead of their title clash on December 11th and neither man was in any mood to mince their words.

Speaking in front of a packed press junket and thousands of fans both men spoke about their upcoming rematch.

Koscheck was first to defend his outbursts while a coach on the recent season of The Ultimate Fighter:

“I’m not racist by no means. It’s called expression. Love me, hate me – I’ll give you expression. Guess what that does? It puts butts in the seats out there, and that’s what this is about – me putting on a performance, not only by saying things but by coming into the Octagon and using that expression and winning fights.”

“I wouldn’t say that I’m a bad guy. It seems to me when I’m walking at the airport or at dinner, that’s never the case. Maybe it’s all an illusion (that I’m a bad guy). But I have fun with this. I’m here to have fun, I’m here to make money and I’m here to win fights. If it becomes un-fun for me and I can’t do what I want to do and express myself, then it’s time for me to change my job and get a new career. It’s going to be a fun fight here in Montreal. The place is going to be packed and it’s probably going to be the loudest crowd in the history of the UFC. They’re going to be yelling for Georges, and my goal is to piss 22,000 people off and come out of here with a nice, shiny new belt and hop on the plane and get home as quickly as I can.”

St. Pierre also answered a degree of criticism, created by the lack of finishes in recent title defences:

“I care about winning, but I care also about how I win. I’m not happy about happened in my last fight. I was not able to seal the deal. I know what I did wrong, and I’m the kind of guy who will never make the same mistake twice. If the same opportunity happens again, I will finish the fight. Either he taps, or if he doesn’t tap, his limb will break. Every time I fight, I learn – I get better. I’m going into that fight either to win by knockout or submission. I want to take him out. I want to finish the fight. I want to do something better than I did last time. Last time was a decision, now I want to take him out.”

“Yeah (he’s gotten under my skin), but this is a good thing. If you watch my fights, the guys that have been the most arrogant with me, I’ve performed the best. Matt Serra the second time, Matt Hughes, BJ Penn – I performed the best. I finished them. That’s a good thing. When you’re under my skin, I think about you all the time. I make the scenario – I’m more mentally prepared, more motivation in the training, I feel like I have more pressure, I feel like I’m right on the edge of falling and I cannot step back. That’s when I perform the best. I’m glad that it happened like this. That’s perfect for me.”

“There’s no dislike – it’s like a mind game. I see (Koscheck’s talk) as a game. Fighting for me is not personal. I don’t take fighting personal. I’m going to go there, I’m going to promote the fight, and after the fight I’m going to shake his hand. I plan on winning. For me, of course I don’t like to be in the same room as him. He’s arrogant and I’m about to fight him. But I’m sure if I met him in one year when we don’t have to fight each other, who knows?”

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