Georges St-Pierre graces the cover of Gracie Magazine

By Graciemag.com

He’s seen as unbeatable and bears an undecipherable game, to the point of Dana White naming him as the much heavier Anderson Silva’s next opponent – with whom he battles for post of most well-rounded fighter in the UFC.

What is black belt Georges Saint-Pierre’s training like, and how has Jiu-Jitsu – its techniques and philosophies – helped him hang on to his UFC 155-lb belt for so long?

We took advantage of GSP’s trip to London, for drawn-out training sessions with Roger Gracie and Bráulio Estima, to reap significant lessons from the champion for readers and your average practitioner, assembling them in an eight-page layout. With GSP even teaching one of his most famous finishes. It’s a can’t miss issue, not just for Jiu-Jitsu and self-defense fans, but for readers keen on the goings-on in the world of MMA.

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Rising MMA talent Ryan Bader from Reno hits toughest test

By Jim Krajewski

He recently suffered the first loss of his mixed martial arts career, but Ryan Bader still has his sights set on winning a title. Bader, who lost to Jon Jones earlier this month via second-round tap out, is not sure when he will fight next. He would like to fight three times a year.

“Training for a fight requires two-plus months of preparation and it takes a lot out of you. Your body needs some time off after that, not necessarily from the fight, but from the training camp,” he wrote from Australia, where he was promoting but not participating in an Ultimate Fighting Championship fight. “My goal is to be champion.”

Even with the loss, Bader (6-foot-2, 205 pounds), still is ranked No. 7 in the latest UFC light heavyweight rankings by profighting-fans.com. Curt Heinrichs compiled the rankings, and says the 27-year-old from Reno has knockout power and will be a force in his weight class.

“Bader took a step backwards in the division when he lost to Jon Jones, but he is still young and improving every time he steps into the octagon,” Heinrichs wrote.

He doesn’t have any fights in his immediate future, but Bader, who wrestled for Arizona State in college, is staying busy. He is preparing to open a combination MMA and fitness gym in Scottsdale, Ariz. The 25,000-square-foot facility is scheduled to open March 19.

“People can come train to be a fighter, just take a Jiu Jitsu class, run on the treadmill, lift weights, and anything and everything in between,” Bader said.

 

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Dennis Siver Beats George Sotiropoulos

By Michael David Smith

In a surprising lightweight result in Sydney, Dennis Siver won a unanimous decision over Australia’s own George Sotiropoulos at UFC 127.

It was a very good fight that Siver won on the judges’ scorcards by scores of 29-28, 30-28 and 30-27, improving his professional record to 18-7. Sotiropoulos falls to 14-3, and snaps an eight-fight winning streak.

“It was a hard, hard fight, but I could (follow) my game plan, and that’s why I won,” the German Siver said afterward, through his translator. “We trained so much every day.”

After an exchange of strikes for a couple minutes, Sotiropoulos caught a Siver kick and tried to take Siver to the ground. Bus Siver did a great job of hopping around on one foot while Sotiropoulos held his other foot, and eventually Sotiropoulos let go without Siver ever hitting the floor. It was a great display of takdeown defense and balance by Siver.

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Anthony Perosh Submits Tom Blackledge

By Leland Roling

Australian-born Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Anthony Perosh put on an impressive performance in front of his hometown crowd as he choked out British knockout artist Tom Blackledge in the first round on Saturday night at UFC 127. After some sloppy striking on the feet in the opening moments of the round, Perosh gained top control against the fence, battering Blackledge with strikes. As Blackledge tried to escape to the feet, Perosh took advantage by taking the back, sprawling out Blackledge’s body, and sinking in a rear naked choke.

The victory shelves the looming threat of being cut from the UFC after he lost his debut against Mirko “CroCop” Filipovic at UFC 110 back in February of last year. Perosh took the fight on only two days notice, creating an almost insurmountable obstacle for him to overcome in a seasoned veteran like Filipovic. Despite the loss, Perosh garnered respect from many fans for his ability to last until the end of the second round.

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B.J. Penn on Dana White: “He wants me to be the champ.”

By Jason Benfari

A jiu-jitsu prodigy at age 17, and world champion just three years after picking up the sport, submission grappling has always come easy to B.J. Penn. But wrestling has been a different animal all-together.

Though Penn is considered to have top notch takedown defense, his offensive wrestling, clench game and ability to deal with high level wrestling has come into question in recent years after suffering losses to Georges St. Pierre and Frankie Edgar, both top level MMA wrestlers.

Penn, who picked up high level jiu-jitsu in a matter of a couple of years, admits wrestling has been difficult to pick up.

“The thing about wrestling is that it’s very rough,” Penn recently told UFC.com. “I don’t want to say it’s not technical because it’s just as technical as jiu-jitsu is, but it’s something that has to be hammered into a human being from a young age and you keep going from there. It really is a hard thing to pick up. Wrestling is not easy.

 

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UFC Close to Signing Jon Olav Einemo

By Ariel Helwani

SYDNEY — A new (and old) heavyweight prospect is on the verge of signing with the UFC.

Former Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) champion Jon Olav Einemo (7-1) is in serious contract talks with the UFC and the organization is hopeful that they will be able to come to terms with the 35-year-old Norwegian very soon, UFC officials informed MMA Fighting on Friday.

Einemo made his MMA debut in 2000 and won his first five fights in a row in the first round. He lost his first fight to Fabricio Werdum at PRIDE 31 in 2006. After defeating James Thompson later that year, Einemo abruptly left MMA. However, he returned in June 2010 to defeat Kresimir Bogdanovic in Bosnia.

The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, who is a part of Team Golden Glory, is the only man to defeat multiple-time BJJ champion Roger Gracie in the ADCC tournament. He went on to finish first after beating Gracie in the semi-finals of the 88-98 kg weight division.

 

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Pat Barry: “Anthony Pettis is the evolution of fight sports”

By Jake Chastain

BJPenn.com’s Pedro Carrasco recently spoke with the always charismatic and heavy handed UFC heavyweight, Pat Barry. During their conversation Carrasco asked a few questions about the WEC merger and the ripples that it would undoubtedly wave through the UFC. While on the conversation, Carrasco asked Barry for his opinion on Anthony “Showtime” Pettis and if he thought that Pettis could take out the current UFC Champion. Here is how Barry responded:

“Yes, he can take out both Gray Maynard and Frankie Edgar, yes. Either one of them, it doesn’t matter. This is a different caliber, a different breed of fighter. This is not some guy who is good in Jiu Jitsu or really good at wrestling or really good at conditioning. This is evolution of fight sports. Singularly personified into this one guy right here. This is the evolution of fight sports.”

Confident words from a knowledgeable fight veteran. Barry states that Anthony Pettis has a solid chance of become the UFC lightweight champion, which would prove to the world that the WEC has always held some of the best lighter fighters on the planet. If Pettis does indeed steal away the UFC lightweight strap he will surely become a fan favorite and shake up the division.

 

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