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Thiago Alves’ Secret Weapon for UFC 100


Thiago Alves. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

In a recent article on UFC.com, Thiago “Pitbull” Alves mentioned that he had a secret weapon for his upcoming title bout with champion Georges St. Pierre.

Alves said, “Fabio Holanda, who trained GSP for nearly two years, is here supporting my training and giving me a lot of details about his game; that was a great addition.”

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Georges St. Pierre: G Moments

In the above video courtesy of Gatorade Canada, UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre discusses the biggest moments of his professional career in his first interview as one of Gatorade’s newest sponsored athletes.

 

GSP Inks Deal With Gatorade


Georges St. Pierre. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

It looks like signing a deal with the Creative Arts Agency last year is starting to reap the benefits for Georges St. Pierre. He’s now one of the new faces of Gatorade:

Joining a list of athletes like Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Derek Jeter, Peyton Manning and many, many more, Georges St. Pierre, has signed on to be a major part of Gatorade’s latest campaign as one of the faces of their “G” marketing onslaught.

The Gatorade “G” campaign launched in the U.S. during the Super Bowl in January with many top flight athletes representing the brand. Now the company will move north of the border with a group of Canadian athletes to represent the brand. Along with other top Canadians such as Gordie Howe, Cassie Campbell, Ray Zahab, Chantal Petitclerc, and Bradd Arseneau, St. Pierre will serve as one of the leaders to help push Gatorade in the newly branded market.

“Just like in the U.S., the Canadian Gatorade brand is recognizing some of our nation’s most influential and inspiring athletes,” said Dale Hooper, vice president of marketing for Gatorade in Canada. “These athletes represent Canada’s best while also serving as motivation to any Canadian who sweats, whether they’re in it to win, for the fun of it, or for better health.”

The details describe the deal as being Canada-based only, but it could easily have St. Pierre move into U.S. markets as well as other locations around the world. This is easily one of, if not the biggest, sponsorships that a fighter has gotten in the history of MMA.

GSP being mentioned along with the likes of Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan? This is huuuuuuuge.

UFC Undisputed 2009 Cover Revealed

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin will grace the worldwide cover of UFC 2009 Undisputed, which is due to be released in stores across North America on May 19. UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre will be featured on a special cover exclusive to residents of Canada.

Evening News and Notes: Couture Agrees to Fight Nogueira; Kelly to Lightweight & More


Randy Couture. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Here are your news and notes for the evening of February 26, 2009.

  • Former UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Randy Couture has reportedly agreed to fight former UFC and PRIDE heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at a planned bout that would tentatively take place at UFC 101 in August. The event could take place in Portland, Oregon. The UFC is currently awaiting a response from Nogueira’s camp.

  • Georges St. Pierre’s camp has filed a formal response to the allegations B.J. Penn and his trainers made following their fight at UFC 94 on January 31. The complete letter sent to the Nevada State Athletic Commission, which was sent yesterday afternoon, can be found here. In the statement, St. Pierre and his camp said that they “did not do anything to jeopardize either Georges’ reputation or the integrity of the sport and have done nothing to violate NSAC rules or to otherwise impugn the outcome of UFC 94”.

  • British fighter Paul Kelly has apparently made the decision to drop down to the lightweight division following his unanimous decision victory over Troy Mandaloniz at UFC 95 last weekend. “I’m definitely dropping to 155-pounds now,” Kelly told UFC.com. “It makes sense. I was eating a big breakfast on the morning of the weigh-in last Friday. While everyone else is dying to make weight, I’m sitting there with a big bowl of muesli and a glass of orange juice. I’ll just have to cut 10-pounds and that’s it. It’s no big deal.”

  • B.J. Penn Releases “Greasegate” Documentary



    B.J. Penn is still on a mission to prove that Georges St. Pierre cheated during their fight by greasing. Here’s a new documentary-type video recently released on his official website. It includes footage from Penn’s loss to St. Pierre at UFC 94 as well as quotes and interviews from fighters that have fought St. Pierre in the past.

    St. Pierre vs. Alves Likely for UFC 100


    Georges St. Pierre. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

    All kinds of rumors have been flying regarding who will be part of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s historic 100th pay-per-view event later this year. Now it seems that one of them has been confirmed courtesy of UFC President Dana White, who stated on a recent Montreal radio show that Georges St. Pierre’s upcoming welterweight title defense against Thiago Alves would likely take place at the event:

    UFC president Dana White was the guest on a recent Montreal-based radio show on CKAC Sports 730AM to discuss his promotion’s own controversial issues regarding the Quebec Athletic Commission’s new interpretation of its own rules putting UFC 97 in jeopardy. While on the show, the juggernaught kingpin revealed his part of his plan for his promotion as it hits the century mark in numbered events.

    “I’m pretty confident that UFC 100 will have Georges St. Pierre on the card,” he told the host of the program on CKAC. “UFC 100 will more than likely have Georges St. Pierre defending his welterweight title.”

    He also confirmed that the event would take place in July in the sweltering heat of Las Vegas, the promotion’s home base, and not in the moderate temperatures of Denver, where the UFC was born.

    I couldn’t be more excited that this fight is taking place on the UFC’s grandest stage to date. Not only is this going to be a tough test for St. Pierre, but could make for one of the most exciting fights in recent memory. At first glance, one would think that St. Pierre’s wrestling could lead to him grinding out another decision, but Alves’ takedown defense has been fantastic in his last few bouts. On top of that, we all know how GSP likes to go after another fighter’s strengths. A war on the feet anyone?

    St. Pierre Responds to Greasing Allegiations


    Georges St. Pierre. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

    For the first time since this greasing scandal started up following hjs win over B.J. Penn this past Saturday, Georges St. Pierre has come forward and given his take on the whole situation, claiming that he didn’t cheat:

    “Listen, I never cheated in my life,” an animated St. Pierre told Sherdog Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show on Wednesday. “Let me tell you something, I never said something bad to B.J. Penn. I never answered back to him with what he said. I’ve always been respectful. Even after the fight I went and told him, ‘Hey, keep your head up. You can be proud. You’re a tough guy. You stayed in the ring for a long time.’ But now that he says something like that it bothers me a lot. He already said I was taking steroids, that I was a quitter, that he was blaming me for seeing a sports psychologist and now he says that I cheat because I use Vaseline.”

    “It’s disrespectful, but B.J. is a winner. I understand a winner’s mentality. A winner’s mentality always tries to understand the reason why he lost. In B.J.’s case, he doesn’t do it in a good way. I understand that he tries to understand why he lost, but what he should’ve done instead of looking at things he doesn’t control he should’ve looked at himself in the mirror and asked himself what he should’ve done better to be more well-prepared for that fight to be able to beat Georges St. Pierre instead of looking at me and try to find excuses… B.J. right now is doing it all wrong and he’s not going to become a better fighter if he keeps acting like this.”

    St. Pierre also goes on to say that Phil Nurse put Vaseline on his face, but on his back because the hand he used to rub his back was dry. He also comments on a rematch with Penn and what Matt Hughes is saying about him. It’s a pretty good interview on Sherdog if you get a chance to listen.

    Penn Asks for Investigation Into GSP Greasing Controversy


    B.J. Penn. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

    It’s not a formal complaint, but B.J. Penn and his camp have sent a letter to the Nevada State Athletic Commission through their lawyer, asking that Keith Kizer and company make sure that St. Pierre and those that worked his corner are “properly dealt with”:

    In Nahabedian’s letter to the commission, he wrote, “Simply put, by lubricating GSP’s body, a highly slippery surface was created that completely neutralized an innocent participant’s abilities and strategy to the advantage of GSP.” It goes on to add, “More importantly, by neutralizing Mr. Penn’s Brazilian jiu-jitsu abilities through the use of illegal and improper means, Mr. Penn was subjected to a life-threatening and career-ending environment; an environment that the Commission was armed to protect against.”

    Nahabedian claims that Penn’s camp told the commission prior to the bout of the possibility of St. Pierre greasing. During the fight, commission members did towel down St. Pierre, but Penn’s letter makes it clear the UFC welterweight champion was still too slippery.

    Kizer said Penn’s cornermen Greg Jackson and Phil Nurse could face a fine or suspension, but would have a chance to answer for their actions before any penalty was handed down.

    It’s key to note that Kizer mentioned that Jackson and Nurse could face a fine or suspension, but not the revocation of their license. Preventing the two from ever working a corner again would hurt the fighters they work with and inadvertently the sport, in more ways than one.

    Hughes Says St. Pierre “Felt Greasy”


    Matt Hughes. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

    Jason “Mayhem” Miller stated his feelings earlier this year. Matt Serra and Sean Sherk followed. Now former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes is the latest fighter to claim that Georges St. Pierre has potentially been greased up in past fights. In a post today on his official website, the future UFC Hall-of-Famer stated that St.Pierre felt a little slippery:

    Now, on to what everybody is talking about, the greasing. I’m not the only one who has said that GSP felt greasy during a fight. I know Matt Serra has mentioned it and, even in their first fight, I think BJ said something. I’m not saying GSP did something wrong and I’m not saying that it would have changed any outcomes of any fights; but what I am saying is, for my last two fights against Georges, he felt greasy.

    I have a question for Hughes: If GSP really did feel that slippery during your last two fights, why are you waiting to say something about it until now? It’s somewhat helpful that while wading through this Vaseline mess that past opponents of Georges are coming out and stating that they believe he greased. But at the same time, it’s not, because they are making these accusations months and years after these fights took place.

    Hopefully a ruling by the commission and a decision by B.J.‘s camp comes relatively soon, because this issue is getting old fast.

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