Georges St Pierre and Gegard Mousasi

“I see myself [in Mousasi], but two weight classes above. He’s a great fighter. He’s very open-minded. He’s amazing. He taught me two great techniques. Those two things I learned today are worth my whole trip. I’m very happy, and I’m going to be working on it a lot…[Mousasi] does things that he doesn’t even know he does well. He does things he doesn’t think about. He just does it. It’s really amazing. It’s something not everybody has. You can’t teach that. There is something from him that I know I can learn. If I can help him at the same time, we both are going to gain from each other. It’s a great experience…If I could have a choice between money, fame or wisdom and knowledge, I would take wisdom first, without hesitation. I’m already a better fighter than I was before the practice. I have more knowledge.”

—Georges St. Pierre talking to about his first training session with Gegard Mousasi

GSP isn’t the only one benefiting from the two-week training camp with Mousasi. Gegard is as well, specifically where GSP excels — wrestling.

“Gegard is very raw,” said Cleo Ncube, a top Canadian wrestler and one of St. Pierre’s closest training partners over the past two-and-a-half years. “He doesn’t have a real specific training regimen. He just messes around, which is such an incredible story. Today we included him in our technique session and we were working through our regular scheduled techniques. I didn’t know if he was going to pick it up, and fair enough Gegard was picking it up.”

It’s not hard to see why GSP and Mousasi are two of the sport’s best. They could easily get complacent. Instead, they check their egos at the door (if they have ones to begin with), and continue to evolve by learning new techniques and developing their weaknesses into strengths. Not what you want to hear if you’re Dan Hardy or King Mo.

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