Georges St-Pierre Rumors: UFC Champ Reportedly Leaving Greg Jackson Team
UPDATE: ESPN's Josh Gross spoke with Greg Jackson who has been in contact with Georges St-Pierre all along. GSP is not leaving Jackson's and furthermore the touted trainer reportedly has no contracts with his fighters.
It's become a symbiotic train of thought that when you think about UFC champion Georges St-Pierre, you associate the welterweight great with that of Greg Jackson and Co.
Such is not the case anymore as it appears that the Canadian has since severed ties with the Albuquerque crew and will now be doing all of his training exclusively with the Tristar gym in Montreal.
TheFlyingKneeMMA.com reaffirmed the rumor today which stems from a post on the Underground, which states that St-Pierre decided to end his affiliation with the Jackson camp based upon preconceived notions from the general public that the New Mexico team is solely responsible for the success that St-Pierre has cultivated as of late.
To pay homage to his head trainer in Firas Zahabi, who heads the Tristar academy, St-Pierre will now be devoting all his time to his original stomping grounds for the foreseeable future.
However, contractual obligations will still enable Greg Jackson to corner the UFC champ in subsequent bouts in the future.
If the rumors are true, this will prove beneficial for both parties involved, as St-Pierre was recently housed under the same roof as top contender Carlos Condit, who "Rush" could soon be facing upon his return.
St-Pierre is currently sidelined due to a knee injury suffered in the preparation leading into a title tilt against the aforementioned Condit. The two were originally set to headline UFC 137 last October before a torn ACL squelched those plans.
Since then, the 170-pound kingpin has gone under the knife, engaging in invasive surgery that will keep him on the mend for the better part of a year.
Now, Carlos Condit and Strikeforce transplant Nick Diaz will battle this February for the interim title, which will later be unified with St-Pierre's welterweight belt.
Stay tuned for more as the story develops.
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