“Structurally, I think his knee is 100%. Of course the timing on his sparring is not 100% and the confidence in the knee is not 100% and the coordination, moving around on that knee is not 100%. For the last eight months, he’s been over-compensating on one side, moving a particular way, and now we’re trying to get him to move again like he used to. It’s going to take some time, but I tell you, Georges is a great athlete. He’s been making leaps and bounds in the gym. He’s progressing and every sparring session he’s doing better and better. His last sparing I was really impressed we saw some very good sparing from George – it was excellent timing – the timing was coming back . I really think in August, he’ll be ready to start a training camp again. I don’t want to count my eggs before they hatch, but he’s really looking good.”
How long has GSP been back at the gym?
“He just started martial arts training now it’s been may be 4 weeks – talking about sparing, wrestling and moving around maybe 3 weeks or 3 weeks and a ½. You know after not sparing or wrestling anybody in 8 months it’s hard to but I think 1 more month should do it. He’ll be feeling like his old self again.”
Frais can’t guarantee GSP will be 100% by August but states
“George has been fighting at such a young age. He started competing at age 9 or 10. He’s got it in him. It’s in his blood. He’s been doing it since he’s a young young child. It’s like riding a bike. It’s like walking you don’t forget to walk. Eventually you get back into the rhythm of things because you’ve been doing it for so long. Things you’ve been doing your entire life you just come back more natural to you and that’s why I’m very confident George si going to bounce back well. A lot of athletes don’t comeback from this injury but George is one of those guys. He’s a very special guy I’m confident it will work out for him.”
Farias responds to Dana White’s statement – If Rory saw GSP’s bank account he want to fight him.
“We’re familiar with Georges’ bank account, and it’s good, but it’s not everything in life. There’s more important things, and I think loyalty and friendship are more important. Rory is not starving to death, that’s for sure. He does well for himself, and I think he’ll have big money fights coming in the future. It won’t be long before he’s making big bucks, regardless if he’s fighting welterweight or middleweight. We haven’t decided what we’re going to do. If I have the two best guys at 170, I’m going to be really happy. I’m going to think I’ve done my job, and we’re not going to be looking to fight each other. If Georges moves up a weight class, we’ll figure it out when we get there.
Right now we’ve got BJ Penn coming up for Rory. That’s a tall order, and I don’t want anyone to be looking past that. People keep asking us, so yeah, our answer is that we’ll change a weight class before we fight each other. It’s not even really a topic.
Our main topics are Carlos Condit and B.J. Penn. Those are the guys that are coming up for Georges and Rory. Our hands are full and our plates are full. We don’t have time to think about what’s going to happen after those two fights. Right now it’s nothing but those two fights.”
Farias reacts to criticism about GSP and Greg Jackson’s “Fighting to Cautious” method of winning
“I think that’s not true. If you look at who wins the most fight of the nights and submission of the night and knockout of the night, Greg is up there. His fighters are the ones with the most bonuses. I think it’s just that when you’re as big as Greg is, you’re going to get criticism, because a lot of people are going to dislike you. If you look at it statistically, he’s one of the most successful winning and bonus coaches around. I really don’t see how anybody can scrutinize him so much.”
Farias thoughts on camp vs camp
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I really don’t consider it’s camp vs camp. I always think it was fighter vs fighter and that’s what it’s really about. I think the camp has a hand in there, has influence in there – absolutely. I give credit to the camp also. There’s a lot of great coaches out there and I think these camps are worthy of a rivalry and being mentioned but primarily it’s in the hands of the fighter. I give the credit and the rivalry is 90% to the fighter. It’s between the fighters. It should stay between the fighters.