Carlos Condit and Georges St. Pierre share many of the same coaches at Greg Jackson‘s camp in New Mexico. So, when the UFC paired the two to meet at UFC 137, Jackson split up duties to get his trainers set with each fighter.
Now that the bout has been scrapped due to a knee injury suffered by GSP, the UFC’s welterweight champion, those working with Condit have more time to prepare and plan for St-Pierre.
Condit has said that he will wait for a healthy St-Pierre before stepping back inside the Octagon, not risking his No. 1 contender spot in the meantime. “The Natural Born Killer’s” coach, Mike Winkeljohn, talked with Sherdog Radio this past week about the yet-to-be-announced bout.
“We had a game plan. We felt good with it, but Chris Luttrell and I were talking about some things we’d like to see Carlos do, but we figured it was too late to even try to implement those things,” Winkeljohn said. “In a way, now we can come up with a couple of more things to put us in a couple of better positions for this fight. Maybe it’s a blessing in disguise.”
Winkeljohn felt like Condit was in the right place mentally to challenge “Rush”, but added that he wants to face the best GSP possible to prove his worth.
The coach added that, while he works alongside St. Pierre at Jackson’s MMA, he has only held mitts for GSP in practice on a few occasions and is embracing the chance to coach against the prized fighter.
“I’m excited about having Carlos fight him,” Winkeljohn said. “It’s kind of neat to game plan against his other coaches up there in Canada. It’s kind of an honor, and we’re excited about doing it.”
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