Famed trainer Greg Jackson was recently interviewed by Sportsnet Canada, and discussed two of his fighters, former interim UFC welterweight champion Carlos Condit, and former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre. Jackson also discussed welterweight Rory MacDonald, who trains out of the allied TriStar gym.
Both fighters recently suffered knee injuries requiring surgery, but Jackson expressed confidence that both fighters will successfully get through it.
"I think with Georges he doesn't mind a challenge," said Jackson as transcribed by MMAFighting. "It's never really bothered him. It gives him something to focus on. I don't think it's going to be the end of his career at all. He's already retired, anyway, so he's got time to rehab. He probably will come back. It would be my guess, an educated guess. I'm not saying at 100%, but if I know Georges he might do another fight or two just to do it. He's a warrior all the way. He's a guy that likes challenges. If he's got to rehab the knee, that's what he's got to do. If he's got to keep the belt, that's what he's got to do. If he's got to earn it back, that's what he's got to do."
"Carlos is doing well. Of all people Georges called me right after that happened and said, 'Listen, I know all the knee stuff to do and I'll talk to Carlos and help out .' We broke it down together. It was really cool that Georges was right there for Carlos when Carlos got injured just the same exact way. Now of course Georges is injured. Maybe they can rehab together. That was really cool. It just says a lot about Georges St-Pierre. Who that guy is.
"Mentally, [Condit] is one of the toughest people I've met in my life. He's just a gamer. No matter what he's just super tough. He shrugs his shoulders and says, 'Well, now I've got to rehab. OK that's what I do.' So incredibly tough. Just every adversity he's been through, it's been very impressive."
"Rory's a smart guy. I'm sure he's dealing with it the right way, but you can't say anybody's the next anything until they do it. Lay off him and let him prove it. I think he can. I think he's a great fighter. He certainly has the potential, but there's so many different things to being a champion. It's not just how well you fight. How well you deal with stuff outside the cage.
"Honestly, it almost defines it more than what you do inside the cage. You have to be able to train and peak and do everything the right way, but in order to do that your life outside the cage has to be some kind of normal. That's the challenge that a lot of them can't get over."
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