Carlos Condit may benefit from Georges St. Pierre’s injury. |
Photo: Dave Mandel
Condit was disappointed last week when Georges
St. Pierre had to pull out of their UFC 137 welterweight title
fight due to a knee injury, but the bout’s postponement could
benefit him, according to trainer Mike Winkeljohn.
“Maybe it’s a blessing in disguise,” Winkeljohn told the Sherdog
Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show. “We had a game plan. We felt
real 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 because the fight’s coming up and you can only fill
your fighter’s head with so much information. 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.”
Winkeljohn, who coaches alongside Greg Jackson at Jackson’s MMA, is
enjoying the chance to strategize against St. Pierre and his camp.
Of course, Jackson normally helps train both Condit and St. Pierre,
but he has declined to coach either for this fight. There’s no
conflict of interest for Winkeljohn, though.
“I have worked mitts with Georges in the past, but gosh, less
[times] than the fingers on my hand,” he said. “It’s an honor to
have worked with him a little bit, but I definitely wasn’t one of
his coaches. Heck, I’m excited about having Carlos fight him. It’s
one of those things, it’s just what we do. It’s kind of neat to
have to game plan against his other coaches up there in Canada.
It’s kind of an honor, and we’re excited about doing it.”
For now, though, the fight has been delayed until St. Pierre can
“It’s a little disappointing,” Winkeljohn said. “Carlos had his
head in the right place. It was a great fight camp for him. He was
working all the right things and building his confidence to be in
the right place at the right time. He’s disappointed, but he
understands the fight game. He wants to beat Georges at Georges’
best, so he’s going to wait, and, assuming it doesn’t take too
long, Carlos wants to fight him for the title soon.”
Listen to the full
interview (beginning at 1:15:25).