UFC 129 Fight Card: Georges St-Pierre, Jake Shields and the Gracies
You may have heard by now that Jake Shields' coach, Cesar Gracie, isn't happy with his cousin, Renzo Gracie, for training Georges St-Pierre to fight Shields in Saturday's main event at UFC 129.
In an interview on Sherdog's The Savage Dog show - later recapped on Cage Potato and elsewhere - Shields' longtime coach said, "I did have a talk with Renzo and I said, “Renzo, you’re training a guy that doesn’t represent your academy, he represents another academy, to fight against a Gracie Academy. It doesn’t make sense to me.'"
Of course, as you may know from having watched Countdown to UFC 129, Renzo isn't the only Gracie that St-Pierre has been training with lately, as GSP trained with Roger Gracie in London as part of his preparation for the fight with Shields. Cesar might have a point when it comes to Roger, since St-Pierre rarely trains in the U.K. however, the relationship between GSP and Renzo goes back for years, and trips to New York to train at Renzo's academy are a regular part of GSP's regimen.
One major element of teammates' reluctance to fight one another is the fact that by necessity, at least one fighter is forced to disrupt his training regimen. Andre Winner and Ross Pearson split up Rough House trainers before their TUF 9 finale fight. Evan Dunham took a leave of absence from Xtreme Couture when he fought Tyson Griffin, because Griffin had been training there longer. However, there are too many Gracies and too many Gracie-trained fighters to disrupt training regimens when there's no direct conflict.
When I spoke to Matt Serra for an UltimateFighter.com interview last year, Serra said that there's a difference between preparing someone to fight a good friend and preparing someone to fight a good friend's associate, and that while he'd never fight the now-retired Ricardo Almeida or train someone else to fight him, GSP's association with Renzo Gracie didn't stop him from working with Dan Hardy before Hardy's UFC Welterweight Championship opportunity at UFC 111.
It's safe to say that that's how it ought to be, and as GSP prepares to face Shields this Saturday at UFC 129, that's how it is.
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