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Georges St. Pierre: ‘Iron Sharpens Iron’

For the past month, UFC welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre has been chronicling his fighting life through an exclusive blog on — a fan-driven sports site that happens to be CagePotato’s new content partner. In last Thursday’s installment (re-published below), St. Pierre writes about traveling to Brazil to drill his jiu-jitsu at the Gracie Barra Academy in Rio. You can keep up with future entries on GSP’s blog at Enjoy…


MORE TRAVEL WOES: I was going to Brazil, but unfortunately my plane was delayed until the next morning and I had to spend the night in Toronto. So I called my friend Steven Wong, who is the craziest Asian guy that I know, by the way. He came to pick me up & we went to eat at The Keg, which is one of my favorite steakhouses because their quality/price is good and their waitresses are normally beautiful. So after another of my friends came to meet us at the restaurant — he’s a club promoter and I asked him where was the best places to go out on a Tuesday night in Toronto. We finally ended up somewhere pretty good. I also called my friend and BJJ instructor from Montreal who now lives in Toronto, Bruno Hernandez, to come reach me. I had a very fun night and I came back in my hotel not too late because I didn’t want to be tired the next morning when I catch my flight to Brazil. The next morning, I woke up at 6am and I went to the airport. I really looked like a zombie that morning. Because the flight was carrying many of the passengers from the previous night’s cancelled flight, the plane was packed. So unfortunately, I spent 10 hours on a plane stuck between 2 Canadian heavyweights it was probably the longest & most boring flight of my life. However, my flight from Sao Paolo to Rio was a bit more interesting, as the Brazilian Olympic team was also on the plane and I made new friends.

IRON SHARPENS IRON – PART A: I started training immediately the next day, because that’s the purpose of my trip — training. The classes at Gracie Barra Academy were under the supervision of Jefferson, a former world champion in BJJ, who is an excellent instructor, by the way. Jefferson taught me a lot of new tricks and he helped me change a lot of bad habits that I was doing in the past on the ground. It was my 2nd time at Gracie Barra & my 2nd visit to Brazil — this time I came alone with no friends from Canada — it was actually very good for my Portugese because I was forced to speak the language of the country. I was training also with my friend Gustavo Machado and Aloiso Barros, who is supposed to fight 9/13 in Montreal. I also had the chance one of my friends from my last trip to Brazil, Master Roberto Leiton, who came from a background of luta livre. Luta Livre is a martial art similar to jiu jitsu, but without the gi/kimono. I met with Mr. Leiton one night and for a couple of hours, he showed me some really great grappling techniques that will make me a better fighter, without a doubt. He told me he’s coming out with a book that has all this stuff in it, and I plan to buy a copy when it’s available. This trip was definitely worthwhile — I had an amazing time once again and I look forward to getting back there soon. I apologize to everybody for not being able to blog on my trip — thank you for understanding.

IRON SHARPENS IRON – PART B: Before I finish, I just want to mention the three great performances of my good friends and training partners, who all won their fights by first-round knockouts — Denis Kang, Nathan Marquardt, and Rashad Evans. I’m very blessed and honored to be training with those kinds of fighters, who are not only elite athletes, but they are great human beings as well.

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beef austin texas- February 15, 2011 at 4:44 pm
Speak not of my debts unless you mean to pay them.
neon- September 16, 2008 at 7:35 pm
fookin dood!! u come off like a real piece of work!! i'm sure your mamma's proud of the douchebag you have become!! you should keep your pie-hole shut, if we wanted to hear from a piece of shit, we know your the man!!!!
Zahef- September 16, 2008 at 1:45 pm
Gsp is a model for the other fighters
Brock Lesner- September 16, 2008 at 12:03 pm
Hey leave my boyfriend alone.....(Fookin' dood!!!)
FooKin Dood is a Tool- September 16, 2008 at 12:01 pm
Fedor would destroy Lesnar now and in 2 or 3 years! Fedor and his brother are a different breed of human. He may not be as big as Lesnar but he is as much of a beast as any fighter! Couture with his experience has the best chance at beating Fedor or at least making a fight out of it.

Jeff Monson is a waste of space in MMA. He got tired against Tim Sylvia! Slow ass ugly Tim Sylvia!! Monson couldn't even get Sylvia to the mat.

You sooook!
Mowgli- September 16, 2008 at 7:56 am
Pound 4 Pound

If GSP weighed the same as Lesnar than its obvious who would win. (GSP for all you idiots).

If Lesnar weighed the same as GSP (in a hypothetical sense by the way) its obvious who would win that as well.

GSP Liddell > Couture ><? Lesnar
captain asshammer- September 16, 2008 at 7:53 am
brock and kimbo can go cornhole each other. but i thought this article was about gsp.
sPeLLcHecKeR- September 16, 2008 at 2:22 am
vehical = vehicle
lesner = Lesnar
octogon = octagon

There's more, but I'm just getting started...
lesnar is a joke- September 16, 2008 at 1:41 am
lesnar is a douchebag, a joke and freak of nature!...WWE trash does NOT belong in MMA
The Bloc- September 16, 2008 at 1:15 am
BROCK LESNAR. fuckin nutt huggers would be willing to wipe his ass after a humongous shit but you cant even write his name properly.
I agree the dude can fight but god is he a dick. and he has a dick tattooed on his chest. nothing else needs to be added.
Gray- September 16, 2008 at 12:38 am
Guys in my home town and doesn't gimme a call... geez st. pierre lol still a beaut tho
RoidsR4n00bs- September 16, 2008 at 12:38 am
Even if Lesnar doesn't do streoids now, I guarantee he did at some point. Steroids are RAMPANT in the professional wrestling industry, and the effects of even one cycle can last a lifetime if you maintain a good diet and proper training once you cycle out.
matt- September 16, 2008 at 12:34 am
Turdburglar- September 15, 2008 at 10:48 pm
@ Dr.

i stuck a suppository up my ass the other week. notiing happened for about 2 hours. then i felt like i had to fart really bad. so i ran to the bathroom and sat on the toilet. I unleashed an amazing fart, one for the record books, and a clear snot-like substance came out.
octavian- September 15, 2008 at 10:41 pm
GSP is good yeah, but trust me.. If you took GSP and Broch Lesnar in the octogon fighting Fedor... they would have gottn theyr`e ass whipped !!!!
Fookin' dood!!!- September 15, 2008 at 10:36 pm
wow mmafan. clean the sand out of your vaginal region. i am a huge fan of couture but lets be realistic. he beat tim sylvia. big fuckin deal. knocked out twice by liddells out of shape ass and defeated a bytchy tito ortiz. wow!!! it is time for other fighters to shine. couture should have stayed in retirement. he hasnt fought in a year and is gettin old. i would love to see couture retain the title, but i dont see it happenin. lesnar is a different fuckin animal. if anybody could beat fedor it is either mir, or possibly lesnar if you give him some more time. 2 - 3 years. i would put jeff monson on that ass too. dont get me wrong i idolize couture but there comes a point in time where the man should go into actin where he can make fuck loadz of money and not have to worry. he should be trainin an athlete like lesnar. or even some other up and comin fighters. like i said, be realistic you fucktard. im not bashin couture.

however you sir sound like a fuckin idiot to mma.
Patrick Bateman- September 15, 2008 at 10:05 pm
There is an idea of a George St.Pierre; some kind of abstraction. But there is no real him: only an entity, something illusory. And though he can hide his cold gaze, and you can shake his hand and feel flesh gripping yours and maybe you can even sense your lifestyles are probably comparable... He simply is not there
Surf- September 15, 2008 at 9:57 pm
Is it just me or does GSP write the way he actually the way
MMA FAN- September 15, 2008 at 9:51 pm
lesnar's achievements? how about you shut your the fuck up, he is a giant cunt, GSP on the other hand is one of the greatest fighters alive and a great guy.
Fookin' Dood!!!- September 15, 2008 at 9:33 pm
sorry bro, im not brock lesner. all i was pointing out is just because a guy is 265 and a strong mutha fucka doesnt mean he uses steroids. he trains his ass off day in and day out. he was once a d-1 wrestler and they dont allow steroids in that either. i think people are jealous that he is that strong, quick, and fierce. you can say whatever you want. that mutha fucka is gettin paid regardless of what i or you think. maybe people should be more aware of fitness levels and admire other peoples achievements instead of talk shit about them using steroids.

and if lesner hates fags so be it. this is america and he is entitled to his own opinion.

sooooo fook you!!!
Dr.- September 15, 2008 at 8:53 pm
Brock's pills were the suppository version of Viagra.
gracies suck ass- September 15, 2008 at 8:52 pm
word, but the gracies are still fags
Dr.- September 15, 2008 at 8:51 pm
Brock Lesnar is the biggest fag out there. All the signs point to him hating them so much because he hates that he has to hide he is one. Over-compensate much Brock?

Anyway, I'm afraid to say 'fuck' like Dood. FUCK!!! There it is. I agree that you're a fucking joke.
Velcro Shoes- September 15, 2008 at 8:49 pm
Fookin Dood is Brock Lesnar. True story.
MMA Truth- September 15, 2008 at 8:47 pm
GSP said all his friends won by first round KO....Evans actually won in round 2.

But its all good...Chuck got KTFO!!!!