So when you're walking to the cage, about to face off with someone else that wants to take your belt and everything you've worked for, do you feel confident? Excited? Relaxed? According to the man himself in an interesting interview with Inside MMA, that's not what GSP is thinking. In fact, it's fear that is at the top of the list:
"Iím scared. Before a fight, I doubt about myself. Iím scared."
"I try to be confident, but deep down inside, Iím afraid. Iím afraid to get knocked out, afraid to get humiliated, afraid to have done all that work and put all that effort for nothing, and not be as good as people expect me to be. Thatís why Iím afraid."
Fighting is a pretty macho thing, and you don't often hear grown men admit that they might be scared of something. But GSP, who was on the show promoting his New York Times bestselling book The Way of the Fight, makes it clear that it's not the guy across the cage that he's afraid of:
"Itís not really being afraid of my opponent. Iím afraid of not performing the best as I should. And I think itís the same fear that keep me sharp, keep my reaction time better, and make me perform better."