Georges St. Pierre's Blogs

  • Firas Zahabi: With Georges St. Pierre on Leave, Door Open for Rory MacDonald By: Sherdog.com Staff

    Trainer Firas Zahabi, on “Beatdown,” discussing Rory MacDonald’s view on the welterweight division and Georges St. Pierre’s hiatus:

    “The door’s open now, and that’s a motivator for sure. I think what relieves Rory more are all the questions [that have stopped]. Are you going to fight Georges? I think he was getting enough of it. He was adamant about saying no. He didn’t want to fight Georges. Georges didn’t want to fight Rory. I didn’t want them to fight, but it seemed like the whole world wouldn’t stop asking until we gave them the yes answer. I think all three of us are glad that those questions are done and I think there’s a new motivation now for Rory and myself and Georges. We’re turning a new chapter in our lives and who knows what’s going to happen? It’s exciting.”

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  • Friday MMA: A TV Viewer’s Guide By: Jeff Sherwood





    Friday



    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter Nations
    Season 1 Episode 7: Canada vs. Australia: Young Blood

    7:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    8:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC: Henderson vs. Melendez
    Benson Henderson and Gilbert Melendez battle for the light heavyweight title; Frank Mir vs. Daniel Cormier; Nate Diaz vs. Josh Thomson. From San Jose, Calif.

    10:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC 170: Rousey vs. McMann - Prelims
    Josh Sampo vs. Zach Makovsky; Aljamain Sterling vs. Cody Gibson; Raphael Assuncao vs. Pedro Munhoz; Alexis Davis vs. Jessica Eye. From Las Vegas.

    12:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 165: Jones vs. Gustafsson Jon Jones faces Alexander Gustafsson.

    3:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC: Henderson vs. Melendez
    Benson Henderson and Gilbert Melendez battle for the light heavyweight title; Frank Mir vs. Daniel Cormier; Nate Diaz vs. Josh Thomson. From San Jose, Calif.

    5:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter Nations
    Season 1 Episode 7: Canada vs. Australia: Young Blood

    6:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    7:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    One Punch Knockouts

    8:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 158: Georges St. Pierre vs. Nick Diaz

    9:00 p.m. ET AXS TV: Inside MMA
    EPISODE: 330 Kenny Rice and Bas Rutten preview UFC 170; Ron Kruck discusses who will replace Keith Kizer.

    9:30 p.m. ET NBC Sports Network: World Series of Fighting Canada
    Ryan Ford vs. Joel Powell, welterweight championship fight; Smealinho Rama vs. Steve Mocco; Michael Hill vs. Ryan Dickson. From Edmonton.

    10:00 p.m. ET AXS TV: Best of Legacy Fighting Championship
    A look back at feral fights, nasty knockouts and sly submissions from the Texas-based promotion Legacy Fighting Championship.

    11:30 p.m. ET NBC Sports Network: World Series of Fighting Canada
    Ryan Ford vs. Joel Powell, welterweight championship fight; Smealinho Rama vs. Steve Mocco; Michael Hill vs. Ryan Dickson. From Edmonton.

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  • Podcast: Firas Zahabi on ‘Beatdown’ By: Sherdog.com Staff

    TJ De Santis and Jeff Sherwood returned to the Sherdog Radio Network on Tuesday morning for another edition of “Beatdown.” Joining them on today’s broadcast was mixed martial arts trainer Firas Zahabi.

    Firas Zahabi has become one of the premier trainers in mixed martial arts. The head of Tristar Gym in Montreal joined TJ and Jeff to discuss the latest news pertaining to his stable of fighters. Firas spoke about Rory MacDonald’s latest victory over Demian Maia at UFC 170, Francis Carmont’s losing effort against Ronaldo Souza, and if he feels Georges St. Pierre is any closer on making a return to mixed martial arts.

    De Santis and Sherwood take a look at this weekend’s UFC Fight Night card, the kickoff to the new Bellator season, and give listeners a chance to win packs of Topps UFC Bloodlines cards. The guys also take listener calls, emails, and tweets.

    Check out the show here

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  • Thursday MMA: A TV Viewer’s Guide By: Jeff Sherwood





    Thursday



    3:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: The Ultimate Fighter Nations
    Canada vs. Australia: Make Some Noise Tyler's dramatic win has Team Australia celebrating; Australian welterweight Richie Walsh prepares to fight young Canadian Matthew Desroches.

    4:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    5:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter Nations
    Canada vs. Australia: Make Some Noise Tyler's dramatic win has Team Australia celebrating; Australian welterweight Richie Walsh prepares to fight young Canadian Matthew Desroches.

    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 79: Georges St. Pierre vs Matt Hughes; Chuck Liddell vs Wanderlei Silva..

    9:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    10:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter Nations
    Canada vs. Australia: Make Some Noise Tyler's dramatic win has Team Australia celebrating; Australian welterweight Richie Walsh prepares to fight young Canadian Matthew Desroches.

    11:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Best of Gustafsson Alexander Gustafsson provides a tour of his Stockholm family home; the Mauler goes On the Brink as he takes on UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones at UFC 165.

    12:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Unleashed
    Anderson Silva defends his middleweight title against his biggest rival, Chael Sonnen; Cung Le vs. Rich Franklin, Glover Teixeira vs. Fabio Maldonado, and Mike Swick vs. DaMarques Johnson.

    12:30 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

    1:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    2:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: The Ultimate Fighter Nations
    Canada vs. Australia: Wild Thing With a 10-0 record, Tyler Manawaroa has become the house pest and gets under the skin of his next opponent.

    3:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: The Ultimate Fighter Nations
    Canada vs. Australia: Make Some Noise Tyler's dramatic win has Team Australia celebrating; Australian welterweight Richie Walsh prepares to fight young Canadian Matthew Desroches.

    4:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet West: UFC Unleashed
    The best fights from the UFC archives

    5:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter Nations
    Canada vs. Australia: Make Some Noise Tyler's dramatic win has Team Australia celebrating; Australian welterweight Richie Walsh prepares to fight young Canadian Matthew Desroches.

    5:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet Pacific: UFC Unleashed
    The best fights from the UFC archives

    6:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Lyoto Machida vs Quinton Jackson; Joe Stevenson vs. Mac Danzig; Takanori Gomi vs. Clay Guida.

    7:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Best of Gustafsson Alexander Gustafsson provides a tour of his Stockholm family home; the Mauler goes On the Brink as he takes on UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones at UFC 165.

    8:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    9:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter Nations
    Canada vs. Australia: Make Some Noise Tyler's dramatic win has Team Australia celebrating; Australian welterweight Richie Walsh prepares to fight young Canadian Matthew Desroches.

    10:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Lyoto Machida vs. Quinton Jackson; Joe Stevenson vs. Mac Danzig; Takanori Gomi vs. Clay Guida.

    12:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: The Ultimate Fighter Nations
    Canada vs. Australia: Make Some Noise Tyler's dramatic win has Team Australia celebrating; Australian welterweight Richie Walsh prepares to fight young Canadian Matthew Desroches.

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  • Tuesday MMA: A TV Viewer’s Guide By: Jeff Sherwood





    Tuesday



    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC: Johnson vs. Moraga
    Jessica Andrade vs. Liz Carmouche; Bobby Voelker vs. Robbie Lawler; Jake Ellenberger vs. Rory MacDonald; John Moraga vs. Demetrious Johnson. From Seattle.

    8:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: Best of PRIDE Fighting Championships
    Wanderlei Silva vs. Dan Henderson, Mark Kerr vs. Igor Borisov, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Heath Herring, and Josh Barnett vs. Mark Hunt.

    9:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter Nations
    Canada vs. Australia: Wild Thing With a 10-0 record, Tyler Manawaroa has become the house pest and gets under the skin of his next opponent.

    12:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 79: Georges St. Pierre vs Matt Hughes; Chuck Liddell vs Wanderlei Silva..

    3:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC: Johnson vs. Moraga
    Jessica Andrade vs. Liz Carmouche; Bobby Voelker vs. Robbie Lawler; Jake Ellenberger vs. Rory MacDonald; John Moraga vs. Demetrious Johnson. From Seattle.

    7:00 p.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage


    7:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet Pacific: UFC Unleashed
    The best fights from the UFC archives

    7:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet West: UFC Unleashed
    The best fights from the UFC archives

    8:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter Nations
    Canada vs. Australia: Wild Thing With a 10-0 record, Tyler Manawaroa has become the house pest and gets under the skin of his next opponent.

    9:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 140: Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones faces former champ Lyoto Machida; the Nogueira brothers, Frank Mir and Tito Ortiz.

    10:00 p.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage
    Enemy Territory Part 2 King of the Cage Jr Flyweight Championship: Anthony Figueroa vs. Josh Paiva from Nov. 30, 2013.

    12:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Lyoto Machida vs. Quinton Jackson; Joe Stevenson vs. Mac Danzig; Takanori Gomi vs. Clay Guida.

    12:00 a.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage

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  • Friday MMA: A TV Viewer’s Guide By: Jeff Sherwood





    Friday



    4:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: Best of PRIDE Fighting Championships
    The Brazilian Top Team The best of the greatest submission team in Pride.

    5:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen

    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 158: Georges St. Pierre vs. Nick Diaz

    9:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: Best of PRIDE Fighting Championships
    The Brazilian Top Team The best of the greatest submission team in Pride.

    10:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Ultimate Fighter Nations Preview

    11:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC: Alves vs. Kampmann
    Thiago Alves vs. Martin Kampmann; Mackens Semerzier vs. Daniel Pineda. From Sydney, Australia.

    1:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: Best of UFC 2013


    2:30 p.m. ET Sportsnet Ontario: UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

    2:30 p.m. ET Sportsnet East: UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

    3:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Ultimate Fighter Nations Preview

    4:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Mauricio Rua vs. Brandon Vera From Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

    7:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Fight Flashback
    Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman I

    8:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 159: Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen

    8:30 p.m. ET Sportsnet West: UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

    9:00 p.m. ET AXS: Inside MMA
    EPISODE: 323 Rice and Rutten preview UFC Fight Night 35; a look back at Strikeforce MMA.

    10:00 p.m. ET AXS: AXS TV Fights
    Best of 2013, Part 2 Hosted by Michael Schiavello.

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  • Video: Joe Rogan’s Top 8 UFC Head-Kick Knockouts By: Sherdog.com Staff


    Who doesn’t love a good, old-fashioned head kick?

    In this “Ultimate 8” segment from “UFC: Ultimate Insider,” Joe Rogan reveals eight of the most brutal head-kick knockouts ever seen in the Octagon. The list includes spectacular victories from Anderson Silva, Georges St. Pierre, Lyoto Machida, Edson Barboza, Gabriel Gonzaga and more.

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  • Top 5 Stories of the Week By: Sherdog.com Staff

    Georges St. Pierre was welterweight champion for more than five years. | Photo: Marcelo Alonso/Sherdog.com



    Longtime Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight titleholder Georges St. Pierre is hanging up his gloves -- for the time being, anyway. St. Pierre announced during a Dec. 13 media conference call that he was vacating the welterweight crown and taking an indefinite leave of absence.

    “I’ve talked with [UFC President] Dana [White] and [UFC CEO] Lorenzo [Fertitta] about it,” St. Pierre said. “I’ve been fighting for long time. I’ve had 22 fights in the UFC at a very high level, and I decided I need to take some time off. I know the UFC is a business, and they have to keep things rolling. I don’t want to make people wait out of the respect for the sport, so I vacate the title. One day, when I feel like it, I might come back, but right now, I need a break.”

    “Rush” returned from a torn ACL last and successfully defended his belt against interim champion Carlos Condit before outpointing former Strikeforce ruler Nick Diaz to kick off 2013. St. Pierre last competed on Nov. 16, when he took a split decision from Johny Hendricks to retain his title at UFC 167. The victory was a controversial one, and St. Pierre made reference to a potential break from fighting in his post-fight interview.

    A two-time welterweight champion, St. Pierre began his MMA career in 2002 and won the UFC title from Matt Hughes in 2006. Though the 32-year-old was upset by heavy underdog Matt Serra in his first defense, St. Pierre regained his belt from the New Yorker two years later and then defended the strap a record nine consecutive times, capping the stretch with his split decision win over Hendricks.

    The stories of interest on Sherdog.com this week:

    Abdicating the Throne

    Line of Succession

    ‘El Nino’ Resurfaces

    ‘Bigfoot’ Busted

    Mighty Impressive


    Reader comments are active following the jump.

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  • Podcast: Best of ‘Beatdown’ By: Sherdog.com Staff

    TJ De Santis returned to the Sherdog Radio Network Friday for a special best of show. On this broadcast De Santis goes back in to the archives for interviews with Georges St. Pierre and Jeff Monson.

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    Click here to check out the podcast on iTunes.

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  • Johny Hendricks: I Wasn’t Coasting in 5th Round Against Georges St. Pierre By: Sherdog.com Staff

    Johny Hendricks, on “Beatdown,” discussing whether he was coasting in the fifth round of his title bout against Georges St. Pierre:

    “No. … I checked a kick of his, and whenever I checked a kick of his, it popped my knee. Whenever I was getting up in the fifth round, I felt it give out and so I was … smiling because one, I thought I clearly had it won. Two, I was like, How am I going to push through something like this? Because whenever I stood up, it felt like it gave out. I didn’t want to put too much pressure on it because if you throw and your knee does give out on you and you fall to the ground, well, Georges is going to see that, and he might take advantage of that.”

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