Ultimate Fighting champion Georges St-Pierre, one of the subjects of the new photobook Fighter by Coach President Reed Krakoff, talks about his upcoming fight against BJ Penn and becoming a fashion icon.


Q: You are preparing a for a big fight now against BJ Penn–how are you feeling about it? - Uinterview

I feel very good and very confident. I can't wait to fight this guy. It's been a long time.

Q: How do you prepare mentally for a fight like this? - Uinterview

I visualize myself winning. [laughs]

Q: You are in Reed Krakoff's new book Fighter. What was your experience like creating those photos? - Uinterview

It was amazing. It was very fun. Reed is a very good photographer. It's a book for a very good cause–for people who got hurt during the [Iraq] war. The money goes for people who got injured during the conflict, so it's a very good cause.

Q: How did you get into fighting? I know that you were bullied as a child. - Uinterview

I had a problem in school growing up, so I learned martial arts to believe more in myself and stay disciplined.

Q: You've done a number of fashion spreads for men's magazines. Do you have an interest in fashion? - Uinterview

I'm not a very "fashion" guy, you know. But I like it. I like Georgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana. I like to be dressed with class and look sporty.

Q: You made two movies this year. What was your experience like in making those? - Uinterview

It was fun. It was like being back as a kid. We did some fighting scenes–it was totally different than real fighting, though.

Q: Do you see yourself going into acting later? - Uinterview

Maybe after my career. I have a scholarship in kinesiology–fighting's not my only option. So I can find a job easy. But the job I have now has always been a dream for me. So far I'm having a good time doing it.

Q: Fighting makes you happy. - Uinterview

I want to keep fighting as long as I have a smile when I wake up in the morning.

Q: For your upcoming fight, when you get into the ring, what's your strategy? - Uinterview

When I get in the ring, I have a strategy that I'm following. I'm looking for the weak point of my opponent–I'm not fighting against his strength. That's how I win.