I know y’all think I’m on GSP’s nuts so I’m gonna start this post off with a diss: I have never seen a weaker chinstrap on a human being in my whole life. And I live in Quebec, land of terrible facial hair. There, now that I got that out of the way, OMG GSP is totally the best in the freaking world! And the reason? Because he travels all over the freaking world in order to get the best training from whoever can teach him new things:
UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre (Pictures) arrived in Brazil on Tuesday, but not for its beaches. The Quebec native has already begun training with a cast of Gracie Barra black belts in preparation for the upcoming bout with Jon Fitch (Pictures) at UFC 87 “Seek and Destroy” on Aug. 9 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minn.
“I came to train and improve my Brazilian jiu-jitsu in Gracie Barra,” St. Pierre said. “The black belts have a unquestionable level (of skill) and I am looking to get a better game for my fight.”
St. Pierre isn’t limiting his training in Brazil to one style. He also boxed in Nobre Arte, rolled with Gracie Barra Combat Team members and had a wrestling clinic with Adrian Jaoude, the brother of Olympic wrestler and International Fight League veteran Antoine Jaoude (Pictures).
There’s a number of guys in the UFC right now who seem to have peaked as far as their abilities go. I often wonder what would happen if they decided to leave their comfy camps like GSP does to learn some new tricks from new people. Ya know … send Rich Franklin off to Thailand for some muay thai, Matt Hughes down to Brazil for some jiu jitsu, or Tito Ortiz anywhere other than Big Bear for some beginner/intermediate MMA classes. Maybe some karate? Machida seems to do aight with it, after all.