Streaking UFC welterweight prospect Alan Jouban is coming off an impressive unanimous decision win over ‘Platinum’ Mike Perry last year, which extended his win streak to 3 following back to back wins over Brendan O’Reilly and Belal Muhammad.
During a recent interview with BJPenn.com, Jouban spoke about a variety of topics, including the highly anticipated return of former UFC welterweight kingpin Georges St-Pierre, who will be returning to the Octagon later this year to fight Michael Bisping for the UFC middleweight championship.
“You know I wish I knew more about Georges St-Pierre’s training. I have never been to Tri-Star and I don’t know what he has really been doing. He claims to have been training this entire time that he was off. But you know there is a big difference man. To me there is a big difference in training for fun and training because it is a job. I love training for fun. When I wake up and I am like ‘You know what, I want to go hit the mitts today. Or I’m going to skip this and just do jiu-jitsu today.’ That is different man. That shit is awesome. That shit is fun. Training as a job is not nearly as fun. Like you know that you have to do this. None of it is optional. I can’t realistically say to myself that I believe that for the last three years that Georges St-Pierre, with all the money that he has and all the movies that he has been shooting, has actually been training his butt off in fight mode and getting better. I just don’t believe that what he is saying is true. I don’t think this is the best Georges St-Pierre we will have ever seen. I believe that he probably doesn’t want to go take on Woodley. That is probably not the best fight for him. Woodley is basically like ‘GSP’ in many ways only younger, faster and stronger. I think he (Georges) sees Bisping as a more favorable fight. St-Pierre probably walks around heavier these days. He is probably not training and dieting like he used to so it is easier for him to cut to 185-pounds. As good as Michael is, he is not a killer in any one category, he is just very well rounded. Plus like Georges, Bisping is older in age so I definitely see why it is likely a more favorable match-up then Tyron Woodley.”
“So yea, I think that is why he took the fight. I just wish I could see what Georges St-Pierre has been doing. I’m sure if you asked his trainers they will say that he is better than he has ever been. But do I believe that? I know how it is as a fighter. When you’re training and you have nothing on the itinerary. You’re just kind of hitting mitts and enjoying yourself. So yea it should be interesting. I am a fan of Georges. I can’t wait to see him back in the octagon. But I don’t know if he is going to win this fight though.”
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 3/18/2017.