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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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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Gegard Mousasi vs. Roger Gracie In Talks for April 9 Strikeforce Card

By Damon Martin

While the April 9 Strikeforce fight card is still up in the air in many ways, fighters are being contacted about appearing on the show.

The latest fight in talks for the card pits former light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi against multiple time grappling champion Roger Gracie.

While no bout agreements have been issued, sources have indicated to MMAWeekly.com that the fighters have at least verbally agreed to the match-up at this point.

Mousasi had been rumored to face Mike Kyle in a light heavyweight bout, but as of right now that fight has been taken off the table.

For his part, Mousasi would return to Strikeforce for the first time since losing the title to Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal last April. Since that time, Mousasi won two fights in Dream and a K-1 rules match in Japan late last year.

 

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Strikeforce: Diaz vs Cyborg salaries

By MMAjunkie

Champ Nick Diaz: $150,000 (no win bonus)
def. Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos: $20,000

Champ Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza: $85,000 ($15,000 win bonus)
def. Robbie Lawler : $65,000

Herschel Walker: $5,000 (no win bonus)
def. Scott Carson: $5,000

Roger Gracie: $75,000 (no win bonus)
def. Trevor Prangley: $30,000

Nate Moore: $4,000 ($2,000 win bonus)
def. Nathan Coy: $3,000

Isaiah Hill: $3,000 ($1,500 win bonus)
def. Bobby Stack: $1,500

Ron Keslar: $3,000 ($1,500 win bonus)
def. Eric Lawson: $1,500

Germaine de Randamie: $3,000 ($1,000 win bonus)
def. Stephanie Webber: $1,000

James Terry: $3,000 ($1,500 win bonus)
def. Lucas Gamaza: $1,500

Jenna Castillo: $3,000 ($1,500 win bonus)
def. Charlene Gellner: $1,000

Disclaimer: The figures do not include deductions for items such as insurance, licenses and taxes. Additionally, the figures do not include money paid by sponsors, which can oftentimes be a substantial portion of a fighter’s income.

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Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg Fight Highlights Video

Welterweight Champion Nick Diaz Closes Show In Spectacular Fashion

By Strikeforce

Jacare Souza Retains Strikeforce Middleweight Title; Herschel Walker, Roger Gracie Remain Unbeaten.

9,048 Fans Watch Crowd-Pleasing, Exciting Event at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Jan. 29, 2011) – On a thrilling night of action in which Herschel Walker and Roger Gracie remained undefeated and STRIKEFORCE Middleweight Champion Ronaldo “Jacare’’ Souza outlasted Robbie Lawler to retain his 185-pound title, Nick Diaz closed the show in sensational fashion, turning back a determined bid by Evangelista Cyborg to win by second-round submission to successfully defend his STRIKEFORCE Welterweight Championship before a pro-Diaz crowd of 9,048 at HP Pavilion live on SHOWTIME® The victory was the ninth in a row for Diaz (24-7, 1 NC), of Stockton, Calif. and the second defense of the 170-pound world title. Cyborg, of San Diego, Calif., by way of Brazil, dropped to 18-14.

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Following Lawler Win, ‘Jacare’ Disinterested in ‘Mayhem’

Photo by: Dave Mandel

By Mike Whitman

RonaldoJacare” Souza survived a scare in his first title defense to turn back a game Robbie Lawler in the third round of their co-main event contest at Strikeforce “Diaz vs. Cyborg.”  After the fight, Jacare was not shy in expressing his feelings on his opponent or his abilities.

“He has a hard punch, man!” said Souza at the post-fight press conference.  “It was enough to knock me down,” Souza said. “I knew I really had to beat him up. We still have five rounds. When he knocked me down, I was kind of happy. I knew I would have to finish the fight from there.”

When one member of the media asked if Souza would like to fight Jason “Mayhem” Miller — whom he defeated in 2008 and fought to a no-contest with in 2009 — the champion’s mood switched from jovial to dead serious. Speaking assertively in English, the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt made known his feelings about a potential third fight with Mayhem.

“You kidding me man? I beat this guy two times. No more!”

 

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