Pierre has been able to take down anyone who has stepped into
the Octagon with him. If he shoots on Carlos
Condit at UFC
154, though, Condit plans on making him pay.
“Georges is the best in the world at what he does, but at the same
time, we know what he does,” Mike Winkeljohn, Condit’s trainer,
told the Sherdog
Radio Network’s “Rewind” show. “He does that, and hardly
anybody’s been able really to stop it, but with that being said,
Carlos has got something for him. Every time he wants to shoot in,
we want to not give him the proper distance. We want to not be
there when he does shoot, but when he does, we want to have
something there for him.”
St. Pierre and Condit meet Nov. 17 in Montreal. The bout marks St.
Pierre’s first since tearing his ACL. While the welterweight
champion was on the sideline, Condit used his movement and striking
to outpoint Nick Diaz and
claim the interim title.
“He definitely followed my game plan for Nick Diaz to a T, but with
that being said, it’s different with Georges,” Winkeljohn said.
“Nick comes back from the dead. I think Carlos can unload on
Georges and do damage early, and that will pay benefits as we go on
… . You will see a different fight that way. The way to fight
Georges is not to back away and touch him because he’s going to
eventually take you down and ride out a decision that way and he
could finish you. Georges is great in many different positions, but
the way to beat Georges is to hurt him.”
To that end, Condit has been working on all facets of his game,
including his jiu-jitsu.
“That’s what this fight is going to come down to: Carlos can strike
from so many places,” Winkeljohn said. “He can hurt you in so many
ways. What people have forgotten is that early in Carlos’ career,
he was tapping people out left and right. Carlos is great with his
submissions and working on them daily.”
That doesn’t mean Condit wants to be on his back, trying to lock up
triangles, though. He’ll look to use his wrestling defense as well
as his striking and his timing to thwart St. Pierre’s takedowns.
And even though the Condit camp respects St. Pierre’s striking, at
the end of the day they’re confident he’s going to try to move the
fight to the ground.
“He wants to time Carlos’ footwork to come forward and shoot on
Carlos,” Winkeljohn said. “There’s no doubt about it. He’s got to
close the gap. Carlos is longer -- we know that, so that’s what
we’re looking for. Things are going to happen when one of the two
guys close the gap.”
Listen to the full
interview (beginning at 1:58).