UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre is ready to experience a living hell if necessary to beat American Johny "Bigg Rigg" Hendricks at UFC 167 on Nov. 16.
Montreal-based St. Pierre (24-2) suggests nothing will stop him from extending his record eight consecutive title defences against Hendricks (15-1) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
"I feel better than I did before," the 32-year-old told reporters a few minutes after his public workout at Tristar Gym Monday. "I feel (in) top physical condition and I'm ready to go to hell if necessary. And if that happens, I'll bring Hendricks with me."
The champion didn't hesitate to say he will have a measure of fear when he enters the octagon.
"I'm not afraid of my opponent," he insisted. "I mainly fear not being able to fight at my usual level. I'm afraid of failure and being humiliated."
But fear can be a motivator, says the veteran fighter.
"It makes a big difference. I'm approaching this fight with an unshakable confidence because I didn't cut corners in my training camp."
Hendricks has recorded nine stoppages in his 15 wins, including eight by knockout. For his part, St. Pierre would like to end a streak of six consecutive fights that went to the scorecards.
He doesn't plan to be passive if his opponent opens the door to an early attack.
"If I have the opportunity to hurt him and win the fight from the first attack, I will without hesitation," St. Pierre said. "I'm very explosive and I intend to use this weapon."
He's also prepared to go the distance if necessary, even though none of Hendricks' fights have gone all five rounds.
The styles of both fighters promises to make for an exciting duel.
"Fighting against wrestlers like Hendricks is my specialty because I can show all my strength," St. Pierre said. "It will be a war and it will be a fight that I'll have a lot of fun with. It will bring out the best in me."
St. Pierre's training camp has been marked by controversy over Hendricks' doping controls.
The American still hasn't filled out paperwork that would give anti-doping officials the green light to test him.
"We had verbally agreed to the VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Association) tests," said St. Pierre, who added the issue hasn't been a distraction.
"I'm ready to do any testing if necessary. I just wanted to do something good for my sport to reward honest people and not to single out the cheaters."