Georges St Pierre

Monday, 23 February 20150 comments

George St. Pierre born on the 19th of May 1981 often referred to as GSP or his nickname “Rush” is a semi-retired Canadian mixed martial artist and a former three-time UFC Welterweight Champion being two-time UFC Welterweight Champion and a one-time UFC Interim Welterweight Champion.

Early life and what St. Pierre’s does in Martial Arts

George St. Pierre is French-speaking Quebecer born in Saint-Isidore, Quebec, Canada. St. Pierre has issues in schools people stealing his stuff and sometimes getting picked on in School. Also he participated in a lot of sports such as hockey and skating.

St. Pierre started to learn Kyokushin Karate at the age of seven from his father and later from a Kyokushin Karate master, so that he can defend himself from anyone.

St. Pierre took up wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, boxing after his karate teacher died when he was sixteen years of age.

He turn pro at the age of twenty-one St. Pierre already holding a black belt in Kyokushin Karate. Between 2006 and 2009 St. Pierre trained as well in Mauy Thai kickboxing under Phil Nurse.

During his early life in martial arts, he has been a four-time All Canadian Junior Champion in Kyokushin Karate in 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996 and finalist in 1994

Hunt for the UFC Welterweight title and his UFC Title Reigns

At UFC 63 St. Pierre made an appearance to support his fellow Canadian friend David Loiseau who fought Mike Swick. Matt Hughes defeated B.J. Penn on that night. To hype up the fight St. Pierre was happy that Hughes won the fight but he was not impressed by Matt Hughes in ring performance.

At UFC 65 St. Pierre and Matt Hughes had their match which resulted in St. Pierre winning by technical knockout. Making St. Pierre UFC Welterweight Champion. Then later that on 20th of January 2007 St. Pierre signed a six year contract with UFC.

At UFC 69 St. Pierre lost the UFC Welterweight Champion to Matt Serra. Later St. Pierre claimed he had trouble’s focusing in his match due to personal problems in his life including the death of his cousin and his father serious illness, he also later parted away from his manager and most of his entourage. St Pierre has went on to say Matt Serra was the better fighter that night.

George St. Pierre won a unanimous decision over Josh Koscheck to be no.1 contender for the UFC Welterweight Championship at UFC 74. That match would determine to face Matt Serra or Matt Hughes, St. Pierre was on a quest to regain his gold. Matt Serra pulled out of the fight between him and Matt Hughes because of back injury sustained during training. So it had to be St. Pierre vs Hughes for the Interim UFC Welterweight Champion. Which resulted in St. Pierre victory by submission.

George St. Pierre fought Matt Serra the Undisputed UFC Welterweight Champion at UFC 83. It was UFC first event held in Canada in Montreal, Quebec which St. Pierre was victorious beating him by TKO.

Since then St. Pierre has defended the UFC Welterweight Champion for a record of nine-times and holding the title for over three years. While holding the UFC Welterweight title St. Pierre has defeated the likes of MMA fighters such as B.J Penn, Thiago Alves, Josh Koscheck, Jake Shields, Nick Diaz, Carlos Condit (Which he won and unified both Interim UFC Welterweight Championship and the UFC Welterweight Championship) and so on.

Vacating the UFC Welterweight Championship and taking time off from MMA. On 13th of December 2013 George St. Pierre officially announced that he will vacant the UFC Welterweight Championship and taking time off from the MMA. While he was on a twelve match winning streak.

On 27th of March 2014 it was announced that St. Pierre suffered an injury while training damaging his left ACL. He has a surgery on his left ACL. That means that his return to MMA is very unlikely and it will take a long time to recover from his injury.

He is medically cleared to train on the 17th of October 2014, but it is unknown whether if he is going back to fight again.

It is still debatable that he may or may not go back to MMA and fight again.

St. Pierre’s Fighting Style and Ranking

3rd degree in Black belt in Kyokushin Karate
1st degree Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jistu
Black Belt in Gaidojustu
Black Belt in Shidokan
Mauy Thai Kickboxing

George St. Pierre is a complete fighter in my opinion, making history in the welterweight division and in UFC. St. Pierre throughout his career has set records and making him one of the most of the popular athlete Canada has produced.


Most wins in UFC History with 19 wins
Most wins by decision with 12 wins
Most successful title defences in the UFC Welterweight division with 9 wins
Most consecutive title defences in the UFC Welterweight division with 9 wins
Most time spent in the Octagon in UFC history (5:28:12)

Other Accomplishments

Fight of the Night ( Four times)
Knockout of the Night (One Time)
Submission of the Night (One Time)
 Canadian Cover Athlete for UFC Undisputed 2009 (Video Game)

Individual Awards

Black Belt Magazine Fighter of the Year: 2008
Fight Matrix Fighter of the Year: 2009, 2010
Rogers Sportnet Canadian Athlete of the Year : 2009, 2010, 2011
World MMA Awards Fighter of the Year: 2009
MMA Payout Fighter of the Year: 2009
Spike Guy’s Choice Award Most Dangerous Man of the Year: 2010
Sports Illustrated Fighter of the Year: 2009
ESPY Award Nomination: 2008, 2010, 2011
MMA Freak Hall of Fame Class of 2013
Sherdog Mixed Martial Arts Hall of Fame

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