MIAMI -- The longer
As St. Pierre moves into week two of an eight-week process to prepare for his Mar. 27 title defense in Newark, N.J., the UFC champion isn't about to waste days, even as he's called to the road for autograph signings and
Appearing a full stone thicker than the 180 pounds he said he weighed Sunday, St. Pierre made the most of his time by seeking out young Strikeforce light heavyweight champion
"I see myself" in Mousasi, St. Pierre said. "But two weight classes above. He's a great fighter. He's very open-minded. He's amazing. He taught me two great techniques. Those two things I learned today are worth my whole trip. I'm very happy, and I'm going to be working on it a lot."
The pair, who met Saturday at Strikeforce's card in Sunrise, Fla., shared laughs, compliments and tips as 20 or so onlookers sat, hushed, inside six-month-old MMA Masters, which is run by
St. Pierre, challenged by British contender
It's true that up to this point, Mousasi (28-2-1) has relied on talent, ambition and will power to succeed in an increasingly competitive sport. After being exposed, albeit briefly, to St. Pierre on Sunday, Mousasi acknowledged he has a great deal to improve upon, both in his technique and approach as a professional.
"Gegard is very raw," said
With St. Pierre (19-2) preparing for what most expect will be his fourth consecutive title retention, Mousasi seems likely to draw physical wrestler "King"
Having trained in the past with Russian heavyweight king
As Mousasi answered the question, St. Pierre, assembling his training gear after a post-workout shower, couldn't let a compliment pass without offering several of his own.
"No, no. He's being nice," parried the 24-year-old kid. "That's the problem."
St. Pierre again took his turn on the mutual-admiration-society merry-go-round: "He's too humble, this guy."
Even before the kempt French-Canadian uttered his last accented syllable, Mousasi smiled.
"Look who's talking," he said.
After the group exited Carneiro's gym, a potential rival to American Top Team's dominance in the area, St. Pierre stood in front of his manager
"Gegard, like this?" he asked.
Mousasi, who learned the technique the day before, looked over and nodded his approval.
"If I could have a choice between money, fame or wisdom and knowledge, I would take wisdom first, without hesitation," St. Pierre said. "I'm already a better fighter than I was before the practice. I have more knowledge."