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By David Tees on 3/15/2021 2:01 PM

Former two division UFC champion Georges St. Pierre is one of the most decorated fighters in all of mixed martial arts.

However, despite all of GSP’s success, one thing the retired fighter admits is that he never really liked to fight.

“I guess some guys are really happy to be there but I never really liked to fight to tell you the truth,” St. Pierre said on the Complex Sports podcast (via MMA Fighting). “I liked to win. I was just, I guess, blessed with good talent and I was able to exploit it and I met incredible mentors throughout my life. But before a fight, if I could click my fingers like this and make it in a way that I was after the fight, I would do it every single time.

“I don’t like the fighting. I hate it. It’s unbearable. The feeling of stress. Not knowing if you will be humiliated or you might get hurt. It’s so hard. But when you win a fight, it’s really worth it. The bigger the risk, the bigger the reward. So that’s why I did it. Not because I love to fight. I love to win.”

GSP last competed at UFC 217, where he defeated Michael Bisping to capture the UFC Middleweight Championship.

The one positive GSP did find from fighting was the financial success and the freedom of being a professional athlete.

“I was obviously very successful at it, the money, everything it brings me, the access to things that most people don’t have and the freedom when you’re a professional athlete,” St. Pierre said. “You’re free. If you train hard and you make all the sacrifices, you will have better result than if you’re lazy and don’t do your job well. That’s what I like about it.”