Although welterweight king Georges St-Pierre wasn’t expecting to defend his throne against Carlos Condit at UFC 137, the baddest 170-pounder in bare feet was prepared for the last-minute switch in opponents because he has kept tabs on Condit from afar. Now that Nick Diaz has been yanked from the title fight and replaced by “The Natural Born Killer,” it’s time for GSP to put his notes to use.
“All the time I kept my eyes on Carlos a little bit,” St-Pierre shared. “He’s a very good fighter, and now that it’s official that I’m gonna fight him, it’s gonna be a tough fight and I’m ready to go.
“He’s a very nice guy. We’ve crossed paths many times. He’s a great human being and a good person.”
While both have trained under Greg Jackson at his famed academy in Albuquerque, New Mexico, St-Pierre and Condit have never worked together at the gym. Condit is a regular at Jackson’s, while GSP works with multiple instructors across the globe.
“We never did work together, but we had the same training partners,” St-Pierre revealed. “Greg is gonna step away and he’s not gonna coach Carlos and he’s not going to coach me. But I’m not mad at Carlos – I think it’s the opportunity of a lifetime for him and I’m grateful that he took the opportunity and gave me a fight because I need the fight too.
“We’re both gonna go there and the best man will win.”
Condit will stake claim to Jackson’s without the MMA guru’s assistance, while St-Pierre will set up shop at Firas Zahabi’s Tri Star Gym in Montreal, Canada. It works out nicely for the champ, as that’s typically been the case when showtime approaches. It also gives the 30-year-old the opportunity to work out to his “GSP Rushfit Fitness Program” in the comfort of his own home.
UFC 137 takes place October 29th inside the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The welterweight title tilt headlines the pay-per-view broadcast.