Cesar Gracie Takes Aim at Georges St-Pierre’s “Ultimate Stalling” Tactics

Written by Tom Ngo
August 21st, 2011

UFC Welterweight Champ Georges St Pierre

Although UFC welterweight king Georges St-Pierre (Pictured) has rattled off nine consecutive victories, with his last six coming in lopsided title defenses, legendary MMA trainer Cesar Gracie has not been impressed by his performances. Of GSP’s 22 career wins, nine of them have been of the decision variety, including his last four.

“The thing is, it’s really not my business how he fights,” Gracie told FullContactFighter. “He’s not on my team, so, I truly don’t care how he fights. Now if you’re asking me as a fan, yeah, that style is not what I like to watch. I like to watch guys that just go completely for it, take chances and give crowds what they want, which is ‘Ultimate Fighting,’ not ‘ultimate stalling’ or anything like that.”

St-Pierre defends his crown against Gracie’s protégé, Nick Diaz, at UFC 137. In addition to Diaz’s renowned jiu jitsu skills, the former Strikeforce champion is also known for his brawling ways. Perhaps Gracie is trying to goad the planet’s baddest 170-pounder into engaging in a shootout, a strategy that would likely benefit the Gracie clan – or at least it would be better than the alternative.

“I think he’s going to approach this fight somewhat like the BJ Penn (rematch at UFC 94). I think he’ll try to fight Nick the same way where he’ll tie up with him, try to keep him up against the cage, do a little dirty boxing and try to get him arm weary, maybe get some takedowns and see how that goes.

“He’ll probably be cautious from the top position but try to inflict damage depending on how it’s going.”

UFC 137 takes place October 29th inside the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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