Recently there’s been no shortage of talk about whether mainstream fans are invested in the return of Georges St-Pierre, but the former welterweight champ says he cares about winning, over revenues.
GSP is set to battle Michael Bisping at UFC 217, November 4th, which will mark the first time he’s fought since 2013. Due to the fact St-Pierre has been away for so long, there’s been a lot of debate as to how big a draw he’ll be in 2017. Then, more recently, discussions about fan interest in GSP’s return ratcheted up, after Joe Rogan reported he’s heard UFC 217 isn’t selling well.
Well, GSP attended a media event recently in Montreal, and while discussing whether casual fans are following his return, the Canadian said this (quotes via MMA Junkie):
“I do not focus on that,” St-Pierre said. “I don’t even care. I don’t care. I would rather make zero dollars and win my fight than make $10 million and lose my fight. This is my word, and I swear it’s true. It’s always been like that, even when I was poor. I want to win, and I don’t care about (money or recognition). They’re going to know me after I win.”
“I want to win the title,” St-Pierre also relayed at the event. “I’m happy that I got everything lined up for a fight and it’s the best training I can do and lifestyle and everything. I’m happy to be here. I’m very scared and stressed and afraid to fail, but that feeling makes me better…”
Chances are that St-Pierre does care on some level, as to whether fans are interested in his comeback run. But, it’s not surprising to hear him say this, as fame and money never really seemed to be his foremost concern. After all, this is a guy that walked away from the game when he was one of the biggest names in MMA. In Canada, he was a huge star (and still is, despite his hiatus from the cage).
If GSP can defeat Bisping, and if he can do so in impressive fashion, then chances are his next bout is going to sell just fine.