Garry Tonon has been helping former UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre (GSP) for his upcoming return the UFC, and Tonon has faith in St-Pierre’s grappling skills.
“There’s definitely a good chance that you see GSP submit [UFC Middleweight Champion Michael] Bisping, for sure,” Tonon told MMA Fighting. “I don’t want to lead you into our plans and our strategies for the fight, I can’t give those details away, but is he capable of submitting Bisping? Absolutely. I’ll put it this way he’s far more capable of submitting Bisping than Bisping submitting Georges.”
Some people might write off Tonon’s comments as bias, but let’s not forget that GSP did have a reputation for being one of the best grapplers in MMA before his four-year hiatus from the sport.
Although St-Pierre hasn’t actually finished a fight since his 2009 encounter with BJ Penn
Final phase: The last elements of preparation for Georges St-Pierre’s comeback bout on Saturday night began last night here in NYC at RGA. It was great watching him do pad drills with Freddy Roach, Firas Zahabi and Jorge, then grappling drills with Gordon Ryan. During the day, Garry Tonon and Mr Ryan are beginning their first steps in MMA training. It’s never easy to go from excellence in one sport to absolute beginner in another, but both men are enthusiastic and willing to put the time and study in – that alone gives me confidence they will make quick progress in this new skill set. Back to work teaching now. Mr St-Pierre has a public workout this afternoon and then a main workout tonight. The blade has already been sharpened – now it’s just final polishing to send him into the cage with an edge like a razor Saturday night.
Georges St-Pierre will be making his way to the octagon once again this Saturday when he takes on Michael Bisping for the UFC Middleweight Championship at UFC 217. The Jiu-Jitsu Times will be covering all the main card action as it unfolds, so be sure to tune in to our site for results.