MMA GSP eyeing Olympic wrestling in 2012

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  1. Atmosphere

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    • GSP eyeing Olympic wrestling in 2012

      November 13, 2009
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    MANCHESTER -- UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre says he may take a crack at making the Canadian Olympic wrestling team for the 2012 Summer Games.

    "It's something in my mind but the thing is I'm on contract with the UFC," the Montreal mixed martial arts star told reporters Friday prior to the UFC 105 weigh-in. "So I have to be very careful in what I'm saying, but we'll see."

    UFC president Dana White seemed supportive when told of St. Pierre's Olympic dream.

    "I think it would be great if he won a medal," White told a UFC conference call later Friday.

    St. Pierre, seen as one of the best wrestlers in MMA, was training for the Olympic trials in 2007 when he was summoned as an injury replacement for Matt Serra to fight Matt Hughes at UFC 79. He put his wrestling plans on hold to fight Hughes. He was planning to compete in the 84-kilogram class.

    "There is a big difference between saying I want to go to the Olympic Games and actually going to the Olympic Games," he added. "It's very hard. To do the tryouts and everything it's very hard. You have to pass through a bunch of obstacles before you get there."

    St. Pierre, 28, routinely trains with some of Canada's top amateurs at the Montreal Wrestling Club.

    St. Pierre has also been sparring with pro boxers Librado Andrade (due to take on IBF super-middleweight champion Lucian Bute in a rematch) and Enrique Ornelas (slated to meet Bernard Hopkins).

    "It's tough. It wouldn't be easy. But maybe we'll see what's in to happen in London," he said with a laugh of his Olympic dream.

    White differentiated such a pursuit by St. Pierre with what Quinton (Rampage) Jackson did by foregoing a fight with Rashad Evans for a role in the movie The A-Team.

    "Just because you’re under contract with me doesn’t mean I don’t want you doing anything else in your life," White said. "The thing with Rampage is, (he) committed to doing The Ultimate Fighter, the highest rated season ever in the history of (TUF) and then he bails on the fight. There’s a big difference."

    NOTES: White says the UFC still plans to come to Vancouver, although it may not be in June as originally targeted. Toronto remains on the organization's radar, although Ontario still has to sanction the sport.

    "We're still working on Toronto. Obviously it's a huge market for us. We know it. And I think it will be the biggest mixed martial arts event ever in North America. And I think it will be a long time before we beat it." ...
    White said he would not hold off St. Pierre's next title defence until it could be held in Canada.

    "Canada is so crazy, we could go there with anybody headlining and it's going to be big. People in Canada obviously love Georges St. Pierre, but people in Canada are UFC fans period."
     
  2. Cyan Connect

    Cyan Connect Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra. OT Supporter

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    I have mixed feelings on this. On the one hand, George St. Pierre has been doing this since he was 7; he did MMA before there really was an MMA. He is very versed in Karate, Muay Thai, Boxing, Wrestling, and Brazillian Jiu Jitsu. He is very talented and on top of that he started at a young age. But at the same time, wrestling is usually won by pure wrestlers. Just as boxing is usually won by pure boxers. I mean, he would make it near the top but I don't know if he will medal. In wrestling, you lose your ability to use grappling submission techniques and striking techniques. But nevertheless, if that is his goal, I wish him the best. He is a great athlete and is very humble. He can do pretty much anything he puts his mind to.
     
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    He'll get owned. But cool I guess :dunno:
     
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    if he utilizes strikes and whatnot in said wrestling matches, Cecil Peoples would give him points because it favors his style
     
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    The guy is a gifted athlete and a pretty good wrestler. Competing at the Olympics is always a a goal in the back of alot of athletes minds if he is good enough to make it then I say go for it.
     
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    GSP definitely did not start wrestling at age 7, in fact, he didn't even wrestle when he was at university
     
  7. kilian

    kilian You've got quite a treasure there in that Horadric OT Supporter

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    steamrolled. rape train. bowled over. nut tapped. etc
     
  8. RunninWild

    RunninWild How subtle of you

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    Let him acheive whatever he wants to acheive.
     
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    this
     
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    kopetzki Banned

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    GSP is an awesome athlete and i know he's been training with the Canadian olympic team but the Olympic games are a whole different monster. There are guys who have been preparing their entire lifes to compete at these events. If your whole life is a culmination for this one event, for one competition, you better believe that they're not gonna just turn over for some pro athlete who decided to give this a shot at the spur of a moment.
     
  11. roose

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    In other news, Atmosphere is eying Olympic wrestlers, prior to 2012.
     
  12. Kozzy McKoz

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    St. Pierre, 28, routinely trains with some of Canada's top amateurs at the Montreal Wrestling Club.

    St. Pierre has also been sparring with pro boxers Librado Andrade (due to take on IBF super-middleweight champion Lucian Bute in a rematch) and Enrique Ornelas (slated to meet Bernard Hopkins).

    This is one of the reasons he is so good. He spars and trains with the top guys in the pure arts alongside MMA training
     
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    thank you, we are being invaded with idiots- i dont care if ppl dont know about something, but dont pretend like you know everything...
     
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    calibur ftw
     
  15. darkjedi

    darkjedi Muay Thai expert

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    sure, he has my permission.
     
  16. spitfyre

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    GSP would have to win Qualifying fights I would assume. I think he would do well not sure he would win anything but I respect that he wants to challege him self.
     
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    GSP isn't human, so sure why not.
     

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