Now, as he prepares to step back in the Octagon at would should be the UFC’s biggest event of the year, St-Pierre is prepared to let all of the anxiety melt away and enjoy the moment, something he was unable to do earlier in his career.
St-Pierre was just 23 years of age when he first fought Matt Hughes for the UFC welterweight championship.
But the pressure he felt, coupled with some outside-of-the-cage issues drove him into a self-proclaimed sabbatical that is on the cusp of four years.
You’d think with the magnitude of the event and the challenge of moving up in weight, the mental pressure would be back, but St-Pierre hasn’t put any of it on display in his recent interviews.
It’s perfect timing,” he said in a UFC interview on Facebook Live, explaining that he has spent several months building his body up to handle the heavier weight class.