By Guilherme Cruz
Photo Marcelo Alonso
Number one among the welterweights pound by pound of the planet, Georges St. Pierre will put his UFC belt in line on December 11th against the American Josh Koscheck, and convoked the Brazilian Gustavo Ximú for helping him on the trainings on the ground and standing up. “I gave him many tips about the half guard, whether he’s on top or on the bottom, in bad situations on the grid, how to escape from foot locks, even if the guy doesn’t completely gets him, using it to sweep the opponent”, tells Ximú. Back to Brazil, the black belt chatted with TATAME and analyzed the duel for the title, the future of the division of GSP and a possible confront between him and the Brazilian Anderson Silva. Check it:
How were the trainings with GSP in Canada?
The trainings were great, for me on the Wrestling part and for him on the ground game and Muay Thai. We did many ground trainings, Muay Thai and takedowns, it was pretty nice because the guy is very humble when he is learning and also when he’s teaching me something. It was a good thing for me to go there, like he said… I gave him many tips about the half guard, whether he’s on top or on the bottom, in bad situations on the grid, how to escape from foot locks, even if the guy doesn’t completely gets him, using it to sweep the opponent.
What do you expect of this fight between him and Koscheck? Do you think it’ll be like the first one?
I think GSP is very prepared for it, training hard. I’m not underestimating his opponent, but GSP is very strong, has a good conditioning and has a good state of mind.
Jake Shield might be the next one on the line for the belt. Do you think that there’s someone on this weight class capable to beat GSP currently?
I think Jake is a hard and complicated guy, obligating GSP to be more conditioned because, of course, they’ll be on fire on the ground. But GSP is much more complete. Jake is good on the ground game, grabs you on a position and stick to it, always trying to get a submission.
Many people speculate about a super fight between GSP and Anderson Silva. Do you think this fight will happen?
It’d be a tough fight, for sure. I think it won’t happen, GSP said he’s too light to fight Anderson. At least until next year, it won’t happen.
Even if it was on a catchweight, like 80kg?
But I think many things are about to happen to both of them, on their own divisions, so I think they won’t meet each other along their way. But Dana White is the guy, he leads it all.
Do you think that Anderson will continue to be the champion in 2011, facing opponents like Vitor Belfort e Yushin Okami?
I don’t even think about Okami, both Brazilians can beat him, Anderson or Belfort… It’ll be a tough fight. For example, BJ Penn vs. Matt Hughes: who would expect a knockout in 21 seconds? Both fighters are preparing themselves a lot.
It’s true… Would you belt in any of them?
Two Brazilians? It’s a hard one… It’ll be very tough, Vitor is very explosive and Anderson is talented, as if he dribbled.