Montreal, Quebec. “They’re not welcome here,” Patrick ‘The Predator’ Cote joked with us earlier. Cote is coaching the next season of TUF Nations: Canada Vs. Australia which will be filmed in Canada later this year.
Cote showed his excitement about being chosen as a coach on the reality show. While he understands that it’s a big opportunity for him to get noticed and create exposure, he views the coaching slot as a way to help future talent and represent Canada.
Cote spoke to us earlier today and also discussed the fans, his drop to the Welterweight Division and his other job as the UFC’s French speaking Play by Play man.
“I’m going there to help all those guys and I really want to win all the fights over there,” Cote said, his body language intense and sincere. “We’re going to do everything that’s possible to win everything.”
Even mentioning the name of his rival coach – Kyle Noke who will be coaching the Australian team – didn’t detract from his focus of being a mentor and coach to the Canadian fighters on his team. While he respects Noke’s skills and abilities, he made it clear what his intentions were in regards to TUF Nations.
“For me right now, I’m just focusing about TUF and going on this show and sweeping this the season,” Cote said clearly getting his intentions across. “And after that I’ll take care of Kyle Noke.”
Cote and Noke will shoot TUF Nations: Canada vs Australia later this. The show will feature two teams of welterweights and is expected to debut in early 2014.
The UFC continued their ‘World Tour” of press conferences on Thursday, this time hitting up the hometown of UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre in scenic Montreal, Quebec. GSP and challenger Johny Hendricks attended the conference, as well as UFC Director of Canadian Operations Tom Wright, and several other Canadian MMA luminaries were in the audience. MMAxposed had the opportunity to catch up with GSP and get his thoughts on a variety of subjects
“Talking is not important,” George St. Pierre said with his usual mix of focus and polite Canadian charm. After fighting notorious trash talkers including Nick Diaz, Josh Koscheck, and Dan Hardy, one would think that GSP would look forward to going up against someone who isn’t going to be throwing verbal jabs at him going into his next fight.On November 16, GSP will be defending his UFC Welterweight Championship against Johny Hendricks – a man known more for throwing his powerful left hand than throwing out insults. Hendricks is a 4 time All-American wrestler and has 8 knockout victories on his records and many see the Welterweight Number One Contender as the biggest challenge in St. Pierre’s career.
Regardless of what is said before the match or who is standing across from St. Pierre in the octagon, for GSP, it all comes down to the fight.
“He’s a very unique guy and he’s going to be a unique opponent. I’ve never fought a guy like him. He’s never fought a guy like me. We’ll find out November 16.”
George St. Pierre shared his thoughts on his upcoming fight with Hendricks, fighting outside of Canada for the first time since 2010, acting in the Captain America sequel, Aliens, and the upcoming rematch between Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva.
Written by Carlin Bardsley and Ryan Manahan
We were invited to Montreal this past weekend to meet up with Jonathan Chaimberg strength coach/owner of Adrenaline Performance Center in Montreal, Quebec Canada one of the top training centers in the world.
Jonathan is a world renowned coach and has coached top MMA athletes such as George St-Pierre, Rashad Evans, Miguel Torres, and David Loiseau just to name a few. Jonathan is also the strength and conditioning editor of Inside Fitness magazine.
Construction is currently under way for Jonathan’s new 9000 sq/ft facility opening soon in July 2012 and by the look of things it’s gonna be bigger and badder then ever. Check back in July for a look at the new Adrenaline Performance Center.
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