UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre convincingly defeated a very game Carlos Condit at UFC 154, but for a moment, it looked like Condit may have snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.
"The Natural Born Killer" dropped GSP with a head kick in the middle of Round 3, swarming him with punches and elbows from the top position.
However, "Rush" showed the heart of a champion and persevered, using his exceptional grappling skills to go on and win a unanimous decision.
At the UFC 154 post-fight presser (via MMA Mania), the French-Canadian explained that his UFC 69 TKO loss to Matt Serra in April 2007 taught him how to strategically survive hard shots in the cage.
Yes it was a similar experience [to the Serra fight]. When I got hit hard, sometimes before I was very proud guy, I try to give it back right away but the experience I gained from a lot of all my fight allowed me to recompose, defend myself and when I got back I come back stronger. It's that experience that allowed me to survive, you know, and come back from that kick that I got hit with.
The victory marked St-Pierre's seventh consecutive title defense and extended his UFC win streak to 10.
Both UFC middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva and welterweight contender Johny Hendricks, who knocked out Martin Kampmann in just 46 seconds on Saturday, have expressed their desire to be GSP's next opponent.
St-Pierre remains non-committal on whether or not he plans to accept the heavily anticipated superfight or if he will continue to take on any and all challengers at welterweight.