Georges St. Pierre
A Legend In Progress
Georges St. Pierre was born on May 19, 1981 in Saint-Isidore, Quebec, Canada. He is said to be one of the best pound for pound MMA fighter in the business. He is the current UFC Welterweight Champion and promises to be one of the highest celebrated athletes the UFC has produced. In 2008 he was named Canadian Athlete of the Year by Rogers Sportsnet and Most Outstanding Fighter by Wrestling Observer Newsletter. He was also nominated for an ESPY in 2008.
Growing Up GSP
According to sources, St. Pierre had a tough childhood. He was bullied when he was a child, so his father signed him up for karate at age seven. At age 16 he decided MMA was for him as he watched the legend Royce Gracie in action at the very first UFC event. The next few years he added different disciplines to his fighting skill, and won his first amatuer bout at age 16 by way of knockout. Georges St. Pierre showed the world that he had what it took to become a legend.
St. Pierre continued his success winning bout after bout before finally making his UFC debut against Karo Parisyan in 2004. He won his bout by unanimous decision. He won his next fight against Jay Hieron by means of TKO in the first round. St Pierre lost his next bout against Matt Hughes, but has since avenged his loss to show that he is, indeed, the better fighter.
In his UFC career Georges St. Pierre has only lost two bouts (the Hughes fight being one of them), both of which he has avenged. He has held the Welterweight title belt since April 19, 2008 and has successfully defended the title three times now.
He has had his bouts with injury through his career, and has taken time off between bouts several times. Each time he came back from injury, however, he seemed to be stronger and worked his opponents smarter. Watching GSP in action is like watching a scientist figure out the perfect formula. He is simply amazing at what he does.
GSP started out being the best, training non-stop and learning each opponent so he knew exactly what approach to take in order to win his bout. He shut up all the naysayers by coming out on top, even when he was the underdog. This man is an artist, and watching him perform is an absolute pleaure.
His Legend Will Live On
Georges St. Pierre is an amazing fighter. He will become one of the legends of MMA if he can maintain his health and stability. He has fought hard to get where he stands and has never forgotten where he comes from or to thank everyone along the way. His personality makes you root for him even if you hate him for being so good. He's the guy you want to win just to see him smile.
An Update to this Article
I've tried, unsuccessfully, to get a response from GSP's camp for an interview. I knew it was a stretch, but it didn't stop me from trying. I'm a no-name writer, though, and ain't nobody got time for some fangirl to ask questions just for a simple article that probably won't receive any more than 1,000 views.
Since I wrote this article, GSP has retired from the world of MMA. Personally, I was sad to see him go, but ecstatic to see him go out on top. He left a champion, and rightfully so! As of this moment's writing, there are rumors that he may make his way back into the octagon to do a Gracie type appearance, but there are no confirmations of these rumors.
GSP has been seen in many films since this article was published as well. The first was Death Warrior, released in 2009. Second was Never Surrender, also released in 2009. The third (and my favorite so far) was Captain America: The Winter Soldier released in 2015. When he popped up on screen as me and my family were watching, I completely fangirl squealed for joy. It was a little embarrassing. And finally, he's going to appear in Kickboxer: Vengeance set to release sometime this year. Yes, I'll be watching.