GSP & Joe Rogan – No Cardio, No Strength & Conditioning


George first of all thank you for joining
us here. Thank you very much.
Now you are right now scheduled to fight Josh Koscheck, you guys have wrapped up filming
of The Ultimate Fighter, you guys have very different personalities, very different styles
both of fighting and of just conducting yourself. What was it like being on the show with him? Well I’m not going to lie. Eh… I didn’t
really like Josh Koscheck. And he doesn’t like me either. And so I tried to avoid him
as much as I could but unfortunately it’s a reality show and I had to be with him almost
all the time. And eh… we had two different ways of coaching our team. I think mine was
more on technical and tactical advice. And Koscheck was more on… you know, like, more… mostly
on… mind games and aggressiveness and try to, you know, try to … intimidation… I know that once I get in the Octagon, they
close the door and I hear the ring all that stuff is out of the window. How much of your training is dedicated to
visualisation…? Fighting, there is a big science behind it.
I believe I am champion not because I’m the strongest guy. Not because also I’m the more
skilled guy. I’m very skilled, I’m very strong, I’m very athletic, I’m fast, but I think the
reason why I’m champion is my mind. The way that … I’m very good to using my skills
to neutralise my opponent’s skills and make the fight turning to … putting the odds
on my side. I think that’s a key. You are very open about your fears, you’re
very open about the risks that you take, you’re very open about not wanting to take damage.
You know, I think that’s very important. I that it’s very intelligent, the approach that
you take. Of course it’s a full contact sport and every
time I step into the Octagon, my well-being is on the line and, yes I’m scared. I’m not
afraid to say it. Someone who said he doesn’t… he’s not afraid is because he’s a liar or
cos he’s a little bit crazy How did you change the way you dealt with
fear? You become older and more confident. You need
to know yourself, know your opponent, know what, I guess, with who you dealing with.
And em… you need also to respect his strength but not fear it. You know, like Josh Koscheck,
I’ve been analysing him a lot. I respect him, I respect what he’s good at – you know, his
strong points – but I’m not scared of it. So in between fights when you have a long
time in between you still work a lot on strength and conditioning. At first, there’s one thing: I don’t believe
in strength and conditioning. I don’t … I never do strength and conditioning. I don’t…
I do not believe that doing running on a treadmill or doing, I don’t know what so-called machine… I
don’t believe that’s going to help you have a better cardio during a fight. I think everything
in fighting is about efficiency. So you don’t do strength and conditioning
as far as like hitting tyres with sledgehammers…? I never did in my life. I remember I had a
Muay Thai instructor from France – Jean Charles Skarbowsky – that I brought even on the reality
show The Ultimate Fighter. The guy smoke I don’t know how many pack of cigarettes a day,
he’s always drinking alcohol, he’s a real character. And he’s completely out of shape.
But when he spar with us in Muay Thai, he kick everyone’s ass. The reason is because
he’s more efficient than we are. In the UFC I do believe everyone is in shape. We’re all
athlete, you know. We all have a maximum VO2 Max that we can reach, but I believe the reason
why a guy is more tired than another guy is because one guy is more efficient than the
other. One guy is able to bring the fight where he’s the strongest, and the other guy
worries… he’s taking… he’s out of his comfort zone. The only reason why it’s good to lift weight,
I do believe – do bench press and stuff like that – I believe it’s because it’s gonna make
me more marketable, it’s gonna keep myself more symmetric, have a better image. Which
is very important because if you look good, you feel good. And you feel good, you do good.
So it’s nothing wrong with that, you know I… You lift weight for Looks? Yeah. I lift weight for looks. I… I… I’m
gonna admit it. Some time after training I’m gonna lift weight but I’m not doing it because
I’m gonna punch harder or I’m gonna be stronger because it has nothing to do with it. I’m
doing it cos I wanna be, you know like, a good shape. And I do it for myself. How old are you now, George? I’m 29 years old. You’re still not even in your prime. I hopefully not. I feel great. I mean, I don’t
have any injuries. I, you know, like I said, I train hard but I train smart so that make
my career even longer, you know, and I hope it will stay that way. What do you think about competing in other
weight classes because I know that there has been talk about you possibly sometime competing
at 185lbs? That’s true. And I plan to do it at one point
in my career. The problem is not to go up, the problem is to go back down after. And
it’s not good to play with your health. Because when you, you… eh… when you gain weight
and you jump another weight class, the reaction time is not that f… it’s different, you
know. And the reaction time for a fighter, it’s very important. And you have the reaction
time and the reset time, and these thing when you add weight to yourself, and you change
weight class it change … according to the weight class, you know.
So that’s a problem. I wanna, I wanna make sure I have… I did everything I had to do
in my division before I go up because once I’m gonna go up, I might for a little bit
hold two title in the same time but as soon I’m gonna go up and, you know, take care of
business, when I’m up I’m gonna let go my other title. I don’t wanna play with my weight
like this. That’s not an healthy thing. What is your goal in this sport before you
decide to hang it up? I wanna be the Michael Jordon of mixed martial
art. I wanna be the Tiger Wood of mixed martial art for, for, for a different reason of course.
Not that one that we… you know what I mean? But I want to be, you know, that guy. I want
to be the Wayne Gretsky of mixed martial art. The one that is the best at, like, of all
time. Fantastic stuff man, thank you very much. Thank you very much.

100 Replies to “GSP & Joe Rogan – No Cardio, No Strength & Conditioning”

  1. I think what he's saying here as far s&c is about being more efficient skill wise… Lifting weights won't wake you a better fighter, actually training to be a better fighter makes you a better fighter. Marcelo which is probably the greatest ever in bjj says he doesn't train outside of bjj and he mops the flood with people! Gsp said he if you look better, you feel better, you do better… From my experience though, one time I took a break from grappling and during that time I was doing tons of calisthenics, and when I got back I wasn't as gassed out rolling on the mat like I use to be and I was going 5x per week. So training should aid your martial art, not lifting a bunch of weights thinking you'll become the best ever with that alone. Just go on YouTube and type in bjj vs bodybuilder… It be small little guys choking out giant muscular dudes. They didn't train curls everyday, they trained rear naked chokes and position controls!

  2. It's insane the legion of idiots on here who jump on the headline and conclude "He doesnt train strength/cardio".
    That's not what he says at all. Look between the lines.
    What he says is that ultimately fighting is about efficiency, which isnt gained through strength & conditioning.
    And he is right. Strength & conditioning is just a bonus.

  3. I've seen GSP do S&C work with Jonathan Chaimberg in 2008/2009 you can find it on youtube yourself. He does numerous strength work coupled with power endurance.

  4. Early career GSP I feel like only weighed around 183-186 which is still big welterweight but later in his career he would go into fights weighing 190-193. One fight apparently he even was even 196 in a welterweight which is insane. Go listen to JRE podcast with Danher one of GSPs trainer admits GSP was only 190-193 for the Bisping fight which is his old welterweight walk around weight

  5. 29 isn't prime for an athlete? Da fuck? UFC Heavyweights seem to hit their prime more 33-35 and are good until 40-42 but lower weight classes and for most athletes…prime is like 25-32

  6. Also, no WAY he doesn't do strength and conditioning, especially for the 185 pound fight he won. Sucks he vacated that belt, I wanted to see him go at it with a few 185ers. And don't give me the BS that he's too small, DC is basically the same height, the best 205er not named Jones and very may be the Heavyweight champ after the Stipe fight

  7. S&C brought Georges' game to the next level – but that's because he's already gained the efficiency he's been talking about over his long career

  8. He don't do strength and conditioning because he was simply born jacked out of his mind with 5 rounds of stamina

  9. This is nonsense. BJJ and muay thai training sessions are cardio sessions. Very intense cardio sessions. I'm not sure there's a better workout than grappling for 20-30 minutes straight, especially if you're throwing punches in between. And yeah of course there's some guy who's a badass muay thai fighter who abuses his body who kicks everyone's ass when he's fighting people that aren't as talented or skilled as he is. He knows how to fight better than those people, but put him in the ring with someone that has equal skill but doesn't drink and smoke all the time and he'll get his ass handed to him. GSP is also a one in a billion fighting talent. Nobody else was born with this guy's genes. Of course he can't say this as it would sound arrogant, but GSP was born to do what he has done, and he may not go for long runs, but he's in incredible shape, and quite possible the most talented fighter to ever walk into the octagon, if not one of the top 3 of all time.

  10. Fuck that shit. He said mind and body need to be in perfect sync.
    When you jump class the mind needs to readjust. Time to target, time to block. Oh btw
    Suck my cock

  11. Intredasting arnold tier disinformation mind tricks (seeing how in the next video GSP is actually doing the strength & conditioning lol). Don't believe everything you hear, especially from the people you idolize. I fucking love GSP, the guy is literally my idol, but I don't buy what he sells here.

  12. His way of training is the traditional Kyokushin way.. Mas Oyama said that just lifting weights will not give the strength required for Martial Arts..

  13. Been efficient with energy is so true. This video is old and its same thing connor said after boxing floyd

  14. Damn gsp knew then that he was gonna retire and slowly get his body ready for 185 . bam the bisping fight

  15. Usman, Woodley, Covington, Edwards & even Till would beat prime GSP. Back when Anderson Silva was on top if he stepped up he would’ve been beat at Middleweight also. The only reason he came back the other year was because he saw a fight he could win in Bisping. I respect GSP greatly and love watching his fights on the old fight pass but I honestly believe he just happened to be in the right era for his style and the stars aligned.

  16. Great champion. Don't believe that nonsense for a second. Greatest champions in every sport have always trained for strength and endurance.

  17. He really is the goat and after Ruiz beat Joshua what he said about conditioning and efficiency makes so much sense

  18. I think what george meant is he didn’t see the point in conventional strength and conditioning because contrary to what many people think, conventional exercise actually has very little carryover to combat sports. Getting on the mat and wrestling for hours everyday is still strength and conditioning, it’s just much more functional, nontraditional, and applicable to combat sports as opposed to getting in the weightroom or running.

  19. Georgy with all due respect and there's a bunch of respect there's only one Michael Jordan of MMA and it's Anderson Silva

  20. GSP is my favorite mma fighter, but on this one he's telling bullshit. If you have a good cardio it will help not beeing out of breath. I understand if you have a really good technique you won't waste as much energy, but clearly some fighters should work on their cardio.

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