Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre wants to be at his athletic peak when he attempts to defend his title against nemesis Nick Diaz in the main event of UFC 158 this March.
To get there, "Rush" will practice gymnastics, an element of his training camp that was only introduced within the past few years.
Back in 2011, St. Pierre explained the benefits of gymnastics training to Yahoo! Sports:
"The gymnasts are the best athletes in the world, so when you do gymnastics, it makes you more athletic. And you're able to repeat every movement of every sport.
"I'm glad I've started gymnastics. I discovered it at the age of 29 years old. My only regret is I wish I [started it] earlier. I don't know what people think about gymnastics. Some people, you know, make fun of it, but, really, when you do gymnastics you find out it's so hard. This is the hardest sport I've done in my life.
"Gymnastics is going to make my career more long because it's a good [on the] therapeutic point of view. It stretches my body. It gives me more range of motion, better coordination, and better athleticism."
The 30-year-old is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Carlos Condit at UFC 154 in what was his first fight in nearly 18-months. St. Pierre survived a third-round knockdown from "The Natural Born Killer" and went on to dominate the fight for his seventh consecutive title defense.
The French-Canadian will be looking to rack up title defense number eight when he competes in his home country for the fourth time in a row.
UFC 158: "St. Pierre vs. Diaz" goes down at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on March 16, 2013. Along with the St. Pierre vs. Diaz headliner, two significant welterweight bouts serve as the supporting cast as Rory MacDonald faces Carlos Condit in a highly anticipated rematch while Johny Hendricks looks to cement his position as No. 1 contender when he takes on Jake Ellenberger.