From over at MMAJunkie.com:
"Immediately following corrective surgery, had less athleticism than 'a 60-year-old man'....Physical limitations forced St-Pierre to begin training on the mat exclusively from the bottom position to save his knees....any combat sport for one year," Danaher said. "Nothing other than physical rehabilitation"
- the above is patently untrue. GSP was likely back shadowboxing at 6 months, and still working range of motion, likely drilling and such even before then. Anyone who thinks he literally sat around doing rehab for one whole year is daft or does not know anything about ACL reconstruction.
"You're talking about an elite combat athlete that hasn't done any combat sport for one year," Danaher said. "Nothing other than physical rehabilitation, which, of course, doesn't count as combat training. So he started fight camp at the lowest point he's ever really been at in his career."
- again patently untrue. GSP was likely back to less than full steam sparring and padwork by 9 months if not before. no full contact, full bore shootfighting/takedowns, wrestling practice, but to think he did nothing for one whole year then had some months to get prepped is ludicrous.
"He's not some crazy uber-athlete that people think (he is). He's fast, but not extraordinarily fast. He's strong, but not extraordinarily strong. He's flexible in some ways, and shockingly inflexible in others. He's a good athlete, but he's not stunningly good. The basis of his success is technical prowess gained over time with a combination of determination and hard work."
"I think we're starting to go toward the idea of peaking Georges later in the fight camp so that we don't bring him to a peak, and hold him for extended periods of time, where there's a danger of burnout," Danaher said."
"The first four weeks, Danaher said, were "a rough patch." But at the end of the eight-week camp, he was performing like the welterweight champion who's dominated his division for five years."
"He knows Georges is a rhythm-based fighter, and he fights with a broken rhythm," Danaher said. "He'll be stronger if the fight is a messy, scrappy, hard-nosed fight, which tests the physical resilience and conditioning of both athletes. He's a guy who's never been out-conditioned in a fight. He's coming up against an athlete that hasn't been in a fight for over a year. So I believe his thing will be to create chaos, create exhaustion, and then his intent will be to either knock or submit an exhausted Georges St-Pierre."
""In most sports, they draw someone back from an injury," Danaher said. "In this sport, it's straight to the dogs. Of course, I would love to have two tune-up fights. But in this sport, it's not happening. Unfortunately, the fight camp sparring is the only tune-up he's going to get.