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Gymnastics Continue To Help Prepare UFC Champ Georges St-Pierre

UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre continues to progress as one of the elite MMA fighters in the world.

The man known as GSP is an Olympic-level wrestler, has elite stand-up and isn’t afraid to go toe-to-toe with anyone.

Now, St-Pierre is adding gymnastics to his training, something that became known to those outside of his inner circle before his victory over Jake Shields at UFC 129.

In preparation for his upcoming bout with Nick Diaz at UFC 137: St-Pierre vs. Diaz, GSP continues to train in gymnastics.

“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,” St-Pierre said. “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.”

St-Pierre is regarded as one of the best fighters pound-for-pound along with UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva.

And, while gymnasts have never received a strong reputation for being great athletes, GSP might be the one to help fuel that push – much like he has done with MMA.

“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,” St-Pierre said. “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 22-2 in his career and has defended the welterweight title successfully six times since taking it from Matt Serra in 2008. GSP’s last loss was to Serra in 2007.