PCO Looks Back On His Days Training In The Gym With A Former UFC Double Champion

MMA Other |By Matt Boone |Mon, April 26, 2021 - 11:07AM EDT
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PCO has covered a lot of ground in his lengthy career in the sports and entertainment business.

In addition to his noteable runs in WWE and Ring Of Honor in North America, as well as his respectable runs in the Japanese pro wrestling scene, the former ROH World Champion has also spent some time in the gym working out with arguably the single greatest MMA fighter in the history of the sport.

During a recent interview with LOVE Wrestling, the decorated pro wrestling veteran spoke about training with former UFC Welterweight and Middleweight Champion Georges "Rush" St-Pierre.

Featured below is an excerpt from the interview where PCO reflects on training with GSP.

"Yeah, I think George was one of the most disciplined athletes that I’ve seen around me. When I trained with him, it was just training from morning to night, basically. We had done the workout training in the gym, bodybuilding type of deal where everything (was) for the strengths, and then we would go to his house, and then we’d run some sprints, and then we would run like – basically a bunch of sprints. I remember it was during December, it was super cold and [there was] a lot of ice and snow. We would go like every day. And after that, you know, I would do my own thing. So he was going to striking coaches, and then he had his jujitsu course and then – he had like four or five trainings per day. [He] was non stop.

"I trained with him for maybe three months, and I learned so much. I learned so much. When I saw him having all the success that he had, to me, it was no fluke, no luck. A lot of people, sometimes they think someone is lucky to have like great skills or anything like that. He worked for everything that he had. Even on his days off, he would reinvest this money. Let’s say he had a big fight and he could have two, three months off. He would just go on a trip [to] Thailand and just find a place to train there. Or, if he would fly to Japan for conferences and things like that, he would find the time to train. He just loves it, though. I mean, [he’s] still got to be disciplined, but he’s very passionate about what he does. When you got the passion of what you’re doing, that helps a little bit. But, sometimes I’ve seen other pros that didn’t train hard. I’ve sometimes had the feeling that a lot of guys trained because they had to train. George I felt like he trained because he liked to train. It was just the way he was built, just the way he built himself, because it’s all about habits. It has to become a habit."

Check out the complete interview below, or at YouTube.com. H/T to 411Mania for transcribing the above quotes.

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