Ahead of UFC 154, FUEL TV airs 'Training Day: Inside Tristar Gym Live' on Nov. 5
There will be no shortage of buildup for Georges St-Pierre's return to the octagon.
St-Pierre (22-2 MMA, 16-2 UFC), the UFC's welterweight champion, returns next month in a title unification fight against interim champ Carlos Condit (28-5 MMA, 5-1 UFC) at UFC 154. Ahead of the fight, FUEL TV will air a live special showing St-Pierre's training from his home gym in Montreal.
"Training Day: Inside Tristar Gym Live" will air Nov. 5 at 12:30 p.m. ET in a one-hour live broadcast, FUEL officials confirmed to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Following the live broadcast, replays are planned for later in the day on Nov. 5, as well as additional times prior to UFC 154, FUEL TV officials said, though those replay dates and times are still to be determined. The one-hour special will be hosted by former UFC lightweight and featherweight title challenger Kenny Florian, who currently is the co-host of FUEL TV's "UFC Tonight."
According to FUEL TV officials, the special will be the first of its kind for the cable network that will give viewers an all-access look at the gym during the heart of a training day. Viewers will get "an unprecedented, never-before-seen look inside one of the top gyms and see one of the biggest stars of the UFC as he prepares for the biggest fight of his career."
UFC 154 takes place Nov. 17 at Bell Centre in Montreal, which is St-Pierre's home city. The fight will be GSP's first in 19 months following a long layoff with a pair of knee injuries, subsequent surgery and rehab.
In addition to St-Pierre headlining a card in front of his Montreal home fans for the third time in the UFC, the live special also may include glimpses at the training of Francis Carmont, John Makdessi and Mark Bocek, all of whom train at Tristar.
St-Pierre last fought at UFC 129 in Toronto, where he defended his title for the sixth time with a unanimous decision win over Jake Shields. Since reclaiming the title at UFC 83 with a TKO win over Matt Serra, who had beaten St-Pierre in one of the biggest upsets in MMA history at UFC 69, St-Pierre has defended the belt against Jon Fitch, B.J. Penn, Thiago Alves, Dan Hardy, Josh Koscheck and Shields – opponents who currently have combined to win 75 percent of their career fights.
With St-Pierre on the shelf, Condit won the interim title against Nick Diaz with a unanimous decision win at UFC 143 this past February. He then elected to wait for St-Pierre to heal and rehab for the title unification fight rather than fight in the meantime. So Condit will be coming off a layoff of more than nine months, though that is nothing new to him. For his past four fights, Condit had layoffs that included nine months, eight and a half months and seven months.
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(Pictured: Georges St-Pierre)