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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Doubts surface over St-Pierre v Silva superfight

By ESPN

Major doubt exists over whether Georges St-Pierre and Anderson Silva are still heading for a UFC superfight later this year.

The two champions of the welterweight and middleweight divisions respectively had been expected to finally put on the most eagerly awaited fight in UFC history if they both came through their latest title defences. Silva was successful in his collision with Vitor Belfort at UFC 126, which has just left St-Pierre to follow suit against Jake Shields at UFC 129.

However, doubts have begun to emerge over the bout following BJ Penn‘s uninspiring draw with Jon Fitch. In previous interviews St-Pierre has explained that once he steps up to middleweight he will stay there, and the Penn v Fitch draw leaves no obvious successors to GSP’s 170lb throne.

Now St-Pierre himself is casting doubt for the first time over a future collision with Silva, pointing out the one problem that UFC president Dana White has always alluded to, that Silva is significantly larger than the Canadian.

“I don’t know [about fighting Anderson Silva],” St-Pierre recently said on UFC on Versus. “I need to sit down with my entourage and see first where this fight will take place and what weight, and a bunch of stuff. Right now I’m focusing just on Jake Shields, I don’t see further than Jake Shields.

 

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Admin Note: This fight will NOT happen. Not a year from now, not ever. Period.

The only person in the world who thinks this is a good idea and is actually calling for this fight to happen is Lorenzo Fertitta. He tells Dana to try to make it happen, so Dana is trying to make it happen. But it’s not going to happen. So the false hype being attempted by these for profit news sites attempting to put fake public pressure on Georges, needs to stop. Because this fight does not make any sense at all. These guys are in two completely different weight classes. Anderson out weighs Georges by around 50 pounds! Why on earth would Georges St Pierre ever want to give up his title, then take a year+ off to change his entire body and training style, just to go up and risk everything on a single fight with a guy who should be fighting at light heavyweight??…It doesn’t make any sense, Georges would have to be a stupid person to accept that fight. And he is not a stupid person. So the fight will never happen. That is that.

– Evil

Martin Kampmann Will Ensure “Nightmare” Returns for Diego Sanchez

By Tom Ngo

Martin Kampmann was one judge away from achieving his dream of challenging welterweight king Georges St-Pierre for his crown at UFC 129. Instead, his controversial split decision loss to Jake Shields last October leads him into a different kind of “Dream” matchup tonight against Diego “Don’t Call Me Nightmare” Sanchez.

While his opponent has opted to swap out his nickname mid-career, Kampmann believes he’ll be facing the same ‘ol relentless Diego when the cage door slams shut this evening inside the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

“I think he’s back to his old self [now]. He’s rediscovered himself and is back at [Greg Jackson’s camp], so I think he’s going to be a very game and dangerous opponent,” Kampmann told Sherdog.

“I think his biggest attribute is his pace, his stamina. “He keeps going and he keeps a high pace. Sometimes people get dragged into that.”

Speaking of dragging, Kampmann is well aware the former “The Ultimate Fighter 1” winner may look to plant him on his back ASAP. If that’s the case, the slugger promised there will be severe consequences. Just don’t blame him if Sanchez experiences some horrific nightmares following tonight’s shootout.

 

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Brilz-Matyushenko Official; UFC 129 Complete with 12 Bouts

By Mike Whitman

The dance card for UFC 129 “St. Pierre vs. Shields” is now full, as a light heavyweight scrap between Jason Brilz and Vladimir Matyushenko was today ratified by the promotion.

Twelve contests are now official for the event, which goes down April 30 at the Rogers Center in Toronto. The show will be headlined by a welterweight title tilt pitting reigning champ Georges St. Pierre against recent UFC acquisition Jake Shields. Co-headlining the event is newly-crowned featherweight champion Jose Aldo, who defends his strap against the red-hot Mark Hominick.

The main card, which also features Randy Couture taking on Lyoto Machida and Mark Bocek locking horns with Ben Henderson, will air live on pay-per-view. Meanwhile, undercard bouts pitting Nate Diaz against Rory MacDonald and Sean Pierson against Brian Foster will be broadcast live in North America on Spike TV one hour before the main card kicks off.

Brilz  was originally tapped for the event as a replacement for Matt Hamill against Phil Davis, with Hamill having been pulled from the show in order to meet Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 130. Davis was then pulled from the bout to step in for an injured Tito Ortiz against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC Fight Night 24 on March 26, leaving Brilz with no opponent until Matyushenko filled the spot two weeks ago.

 

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Fitch says he won the fight, Dana strongly disagrees

By Fighters Only

Jon Fitch has sat down and watched his UFC 127 fight with BJ Penn – and thinks the judges should have awarded him the win rather than declaring the fight to be a draw.

“Finally watched the fight back myself. First [round] draw and I won [round] 2 and 3. I will prove myself if I must. But I know I won that fight,” he wrote on The Underground.

“Much respect to BJ. He is the legend I thought he was. I think that was the best BJ any of us have ever seen.”

Unfortunately for Fitch, UFC president Dana White shot his performance to bits after the event and said he believed Penn should have been awarded the win.

“Fitch is one of these guys that goes, ‘Oh, I want my respect,’” White said. “He just fought a 155-pound guy and went to a draw with him and in my opinion, he lost the first two rounds – and he’s crying for a title shot?

“Personally, I scored the first two rounds for Penn and had him winning the fight. There’s no doubt B.J. got pounded in the third round, but that wasn’t a 10-8 round. You’ve got to get in there and decisively beat people. You have to have fans clamouring for you to fight for the title.”

 

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Admin Note: I scored the fight also. Jon Fitch clearly won that fight.

Spike TV to air UFC 129 prelims, could feature Diaz vs. MacDonald and Foster vs. Pierson

By MMATorch

In news that comes as no surprise, Spike TV will broadcast an hour long Prelims Live special for UFC 129 in Toronto this April. The organization announced that the broadcast was coming during Saturday’s UFC 127 event.

According to a report from MMAJunkie.com, the leading bouts to take the two spots on the broadcast are the welterweight bouts in Nate Diaz vs. Rory MacDonald and Brian Foster vs. Sean Pierson. Additionally, it’s expected that some bouts will likely air on Facebook.com prior to the Spike TV broadcast.

UFC 129 is already a record setting event for the organization, with reported gate of $11 million for the 55,000 seat sold-out event at the Rogers Centre. The card is headlined by the Welterweight Championship bout between Georges St. Pierre and Jake Shields, and takes place on April 30.

 

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GSP, Loiseau open up lives in Striking Truth

By The Canadian Press

TORONTO — Georges St-Pierre and David (The Crow) Loiseau opened up their lives for parts of four years for the documentary “The Striking Truth.”

Director Steven J. Wong says that alone shows the two mixed martial arts fighters really are champions.

“I’m very proud of these guys,” said Wong, whose film had its Canadian premiere Friday night. “It’s very easy to say ‘Sure, Steve, film wherever you want. You’ve got full access.’ When time comes and you’re holding the championship belt, it’s easy. It’s easy to say ‘Hey, point the camera at me.’

“But in those hard times — and there are some hard times for both Georges and David in this movie — during those hard times the real man steps up and doesn’t shut the camera down.”

The film documents St-Pierre winning, losing and reclaiming the UFC welterweight title. And it shows the struggle of Loiseau, his close friend and fellow Montrealer, in trying to turn his fighting career around.

Both fighters said having a friend like Wong manning the camera made the filming process from 2006 to 2010 seem natural.

“Sometimes I just forgot that he was there,” said St-Pierre, who opens up in the movie about his family and is seen disconsolate in his hotel room after losing his 170-pound title. “Sometimes he was filming some shot that I didn’t even know that he had. When I saw the movie, I was like ‘Wow. I didn’t know he had those shots.”‘

 

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