It’s not a good sign when a fighter’s mentor isn’t confident…
Kristof Midoux has been George St. Pierre’s longtime martial arts coach and mentor. The 45-year-old from France recently made some disturbing comments to media, however, comments suggesting GSP is far from ready for Michael Bisping.
In 2013, Midoux publicly stated to the French media that GSP should retire. He said that if the then-champion wanted to start a family he should hang up the gloves after his fight with Hendricks. GSP did take a sabbatical from the sport but always stated he was not retired while doing so.
GSP vs. Michael Bisping
George St. Pierre takes on Michael Bisping for the UFC middleweight championship at UFC 217 on November 4th. The fight will come just under 4 years since Georges St. Pierre eeked out a controversial split-decision victory over pre-USADA Johnny Hendricks at UFC 167.
St. Pierre recently spoke to the Canadian media about his motivations for returning to the cage.
“I want to become the first after four years to make a comeback at the Madison Square Garden, in front of everybody, winning a belt that I never had,” St-Pierre said.
“I want to win the title, I am happy that I got everything lined up for a fight,” St. Pierre continued. “I am very scared and stressed. I am afraid to fail but that feeling makes me better.”
Dana White on Kristof Midoux
GSP’s mentor, French martial artist Kristof Midoux, has been a controversial figure in the past. Midoux himself has fought inside the octagon but his accomplishments fall far shy of what GSP has accomplished.
The “French Hurricane” fought once in the UFC, dropping a 2006 bout to Jake O’Brien. His lifetime 6W-10L MMA record leaves a lot to be desired.
After Dana White unleashed on GSP at the UFC 167 post-fight presser, Midoux claimed White later apologized. White denied this and followed up by going on a rant in regards to GSP’s mentor, referring to him as one of the new “Kardashian sisters”.
This (Midoux) guy’s like one of the new Kardashian sisters. This guy pops up out of nowhere, and now he’s everywhere. Realistically, I’m not forcing Georges to do anything, but Georges has to defend his title. He was off for over a year already with ACL surgery. So if people have problems with it, I could [not] give a s–- if they like it or don’t. I don’t care what peoples’ opinions of that are.
Kristof Midoux on Georges St. Pierre
Midoux attended one of St. Pierre’s sparring sessions recently and evidently he was not pleased with what he saw. He discussed his opinions with former UFC middleweight title challenger, Patrick Cote, recently on his podcast.
Translation via Google Translate (i.e not perfect):
“(Georges) needs help and I think the people around him are hiding things from him.” Midoux said. “I witnessed his sparring and I did not see what I wanted to see from him,” GSP’s mentor continued.
“I saw guys coming into the cage without a helmet that are 10,000 light years away from Michael Bisping. They did their little five-minute round with George as if I were with my wife, they were not stressed and they came out nickel. I would have liked to see a knockout and a more aggressive George.”
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