After unleashing one of the most dominating performances in MMA history, UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre thoroughly explained the detailed strategy that he and MMA mastermind Greg Jackson conjured up to easily dismantle the highly regarded BJ Penn. Jackson predicted unpredictability at UFC 94.
“We wanted to stay unpredictable,” Jackson said of the game plan. “There were a lot of little parts to it. We wanted to step out of BJ’s guard, stand up, create space and drop heavy bombs. The overall game plan was to use speed, unpredictability and get him tired.”
Jackson knew that Penn would present some of the toughest challenges St-Pierre has ever seen, yet he was confident that his fighter would pull through in the end.
“I was never worried, but I was always concerned,” Jackson said of the numerous threats that Penn presented. “BJ is an amazing fighter and a super tough guy. He has a warrior’s heart. I have the utmost respect for him.”
Their rematch was the most anticipated in the history of the sport, receiving unprecedented amounts of coverage around the globe. Jackson spoke like a proud father when sharing his thoughts on the 27-year-old’s performance.
“I couldn’t be happier. Georges is an amazing athlete and very intelligent,” Jackson said. “We wanted in the first round or two to do a lot of wrestling and get that lactic acid going. Go aerobic to anaerobic. Stay unpredictable.”
St-Pierre’s team knew that the longer the fight lasted, the greater advantage they would have. However, Jackson agreed with the decision to call it a night before the 5thRound started.
“I thought it was a smart idea to stop it,” Jackson said. “BJ is a true warrior. I didn’t think they were going to stop it, but I’m glad.”
With the win, St-Pierre and top contender Thiago Alves have assured themselves a dance together. Although they want to enjoy Saturday’s historical win, Jackson couldn’t help but start the blueprints for his next master plan.
“A super big threat. Very powerful, very strong and kicks incredibly hard, good Jiu Jitsu,” Jackson said of his welterweight’s next opponent. “He represents an amazing threat to us.”