Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The great BJJ coach John Danaher appeared recently on the great JRE MMA Show and gave an update on his student Georges St-Pierre’s future fighting career, or lack of one. The welterweight G.O.A.T. defeated Michael Bisping at UFC 217, taking the middleweight belt but then gave it up shortly afterward, citing Colitis. The disease troubled St-Pierre during his training camp, which Danaher described as the worst he had ever been involved with.

“The truth is no one knows [if he will fight again] because it comes down to medical problems,” said Danaher, as transcribed by Mike Bohn for MMAjunkie. “Georges has got a problem in his stomach. I’m not going to claim to be a medical expert, but it’s one of the most frustrating things Georges has had to deal with because there’s certain parts of the human body that are just out of your control, and the stomach is one of them.

“There’s things that can happen in your stomach that you can’t control it. Things likes stress seem to make it worse, and the truth is that no one really knows at this point. So, wherever there’s doubt, my instinct is to think: Do you really want to come back Georges? You’ve done [it] all.”

There is a widespread belief that GSP isn’t interested in a fight with current welterweight champ Tyron Woodley, but when the coach was asked if he’d fight for the title, the reply was definitive.

“Absolutely,” said Danaher. “I think Tyron Woodley’s a great champion. I know he gets a lot of stink and a lot of flack. That kid is very, very talented. … Tyron Woodley’s a very, very difficult opponent to beat, because people criticize his style, but people don’t understand the difference between regular fighting and championship fighting. Championship fighting is about winning and losing, and you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do to win. That’s the first consideration.”

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