Georges St. Pierre has decided to train full-time with successful mixed martial arts trainer Greg Jackson in Albuquerque, New Mexico, according to FightNetwork.com.
"Rush" has trained with Team Jackson on-and-off since earlier this year. The dynamic camp includes notables such as Nate Marquardt, Rashad Evans, Keith Jardine and Joey Villasenor, among others.
Here's the snip:
"Highly regarded New Mexico coach Greg Jackson says he and his fighters expect to log a lot of air miles to Montreal in the coming months, with the recent addition of Quebec native Georges St. Pierre to his stable. St. Pierre recently dropped his trainer, ex-Soviet Special Forces sniper Victor Vargotsky, in favor of the Albuquerque-based Jackson...."
This is just the latest change for the Canadian since losing his welterweight title to Matt Serra at UFC 69 in April. In fact, since that time he has parted ways with long-time manager, Stephane Patry, and has begun seeing a sports psychologist to overcome some mental hurdles.
St. Pierre and the fans will get to see if these tweaks have made any difference as early as this weekend when he clashes with Josh Koscheck at UFC 74: "Respect" at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In other news, former Team Jackson member, Diego Sanchez, has relocated to the University of Jiu Jitsu (UNIJJ) to train with Saulo Ribeiro and his team in San Diego, Calif. Earlier this month we passed along news that Sanchez and Jackson had amicably parted ways so that the "Nightmare" could be closer to his family.
He's already busy getting comfortable in his new surroundings and fitting in with his new training partners, according to a recent article on NewMexicoMMA.com.
Here's the snip:
"... training hard with the Gi and more than holding his own was UFC Star Diego Sanchez. Diego is now part of UNIJJ and at this point is helping the team prepare for the Worlds while they help him prepare for his next UFC battle. Diego has been a presence at the academy and his work ethic fits perfect with this group, be it during Gi class ... Diego is the picture of dedication and concentration and fits in with everyone here."
Sanchez is of course getting ready to face Jon Fitch at UFC 76: "Knockout" on September 22. He's looking to rebound from a unanimous decision loss to Koscheck his last time out.
It's important to note that the camp switches do not appear to be related. Perhaps, and this is pure speculation, the decision for St. Pierre to train exclusively with Team Jackson was made easier when Diego left for "The Golden State."
Only time will tell how it works out for both fighters.