With this prospect on his horizon, he is reaching out to another UFC Champion in Lyoto Machida due to one thing they have in common. It isn’t their UFC belts, rather their matching black belts in Karate.
In a recent interview with TATAME Magazine, Georges was asked about Lyoto Machida and their similar Karate backgrounds, and stated, “My Karate style is Kyokushin and Lyoto’s is Shootokan, the rules are a little different. But I think it isn’t the style that makes the fighter, is the fighter that makes itself, and Lyoto Machida is a great fighter.”
Lyoto has become a treasured representative for Karate due to his deep roots in the sport and in his general style in the cage being so heavily influenced by the principals and techniques of the legendary martial art.
With St-Pierre being such a student of the game and the type to always seek out a challenge, he feels that he can benefit from some time on the mats with the much hailed master of Karate for MMA. He went on to add, “I would love [to train with him], because I love Karate and Lyoto is a great fighter.”
However, with “GSP” surrounded by rumors of a fight with Machida’s good friend Anderson Silva, it may be a long shot for this match made in smelly dojo heaven.
Anderson and Lyoto share a manager in Ed Soares, they often train together, and have stated publicly on numerous occasions that they have no desire to fight each other.
Brazilians may be strong in their bonds, but there are some lines that are not meant to be crossed. Rumor has it that Anderson had a problem with Wanderlei Silva moving down to 185 lbs where he holds his belt, so he trained Rich Franklin who came up with a thin decision victory over the game Wanderlei at UFC 99. Anderson denied that was his reason for assisting Franklin, saying it was just a coincidence that they were both finally free to train, and it was a promise they had made each other.
There may be little chance of this relationship between St-Pierre and Machida materializing (for the time being at least), but one thing is for sure, GSP has never heard the phrase, “If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it.”