It appears the trusty rumor mill isn’t so trusty. Despite numerous reports surfacing that UFC welterweight king Georges St-Pierre (Pictured) severed ties with MMA guru Greg Jackson, all parties involved quickly killed the erroneous chatter on Wednesday afternoon.
“Spoke to Greg Jackson re: rumors that GSP left him,” ESPN’s Josh Gross tweeted. “He talked w/ GSP an hour ago. They’re fine. Also, he doesn’t have contracts w/ fighters.
“He said nothing changed between him and GSP. GSP hasn’t told him any different. He saw the rumors and laughed.”
Firas Zahabi, the Tristar trainer who works extensively with St-Pierre and would have benefited the most from his split with Jackson, provided a similar response when probed about the whispers.
“The rumor is not true. LOL,” Zahabi texted Ariel Helwani.
If those sources aren’t enough to satisfy you, St-Pierre’s manager, Rodolphe Beaulieu, subsequently reiterated the same response with Gross, “It’s not true.”
Zahabi has become close friends with St-Pierre as his trainer in Montreal over the last few years, while Jackson has masterminded GSP’s strategies for his last several fights. It seems nothing will change on that front, so don’t believe everything you read…
St-Pierre is currently on the mend from a December knee surgery. The 30-year-old could be back in action later summer.