Georges St. Pierre

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Georges “Rush” Saint-Pierre (born May 19, 1981), often referred to as GSP[1] , is a Canadian mixed martial arts fighter and the former UFC Welterweight Champion. He holds wins over Matt Hughes, B.J. Penn, Frank Trigg, Karo Parisyan and current UFC Lightweight Champion Sean Sherk.[2] He is ranked by a MMAWeekly (a mixed martial arts journalism company) the #2 170 lb (77 kg) fighter in the world.[3]

Biography

Born May 19, 1981 in Saint-Isidore, Quebec, Canada, St. Pierre had a difficult childhood, attending a school where others would steal his clothes and money.4 He started learning Kyokushin karate at age six to defend himself against a school bully.5 He took up Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) after his karate teacher died, and has also trained in wrestling and boxing.

St. Pierre currently trains with Triumph Fight Team and the Canadian National Wrestling Team, among others. Prior to his fight with B.J. Penn at UFC 58, he trained at the Renzo Gracie Jiu Jitsu Academy in New York City. St. Pierre received his brown belt in BJJ from Renzo Gracie on July 21, 2006.6 St. Pierre is also a former member of the Canadian Top Team. He also spent time training in Quebec City, and in Montreal and did grappling training with BTT Canada coach and former fellow TKO Competitors Fabio Holanda (who cornered many of his fights). He has also trained with Patrick Côté, and spent some time in the Montreal Wrestling Club.

Recently, GSP began training with Rashad Evans, Nathan Marquardt, Keith Jardine and many others at Greg Jackson’s Submission fight school.

MMA career

St. Pierre had dreamed of becoming a UFC champion since watching Royce Gracie fight in 1993 at UFC 1.7GSP had his first amateur bout when he was only 16 years old. He states, “When I won my first amateur (MMA) fight, I was 16 years old and I beat a guy that was 25. I was only a Kyokushin Karate fighter and the guy I fought was a boxer. At the time my ground skills were very poor, I didn’t know nothing on the ground.” Georges won his fight by knockout, going low with several leg kicks and then going high with a Karate kick to the head. To this day much of the media has him pegged as a wrestler, or a Jiu Jitsu fighter, but he still considers himself a karate stylist at heart.8 He made his octagon debut at UFC 46 where he defeated Karo Parisyan by decision. After winning against Jay Hieron at UFC 48, he faced Matt Hughes at UFC 50 for the Welterweight title, but was defeated by armbar submission in the first round.

After his loss to Matt Hughes, GSP rebounded with a win over Jason Miller at UFC 52 and then fought such notables as Frank Trigg at UFC 54 and Lightweight Champion Sean Sherk at UFC 56.

At UFC 58, St. Pierre defeated former UFC welterweight champion B.J. Penn to become the #1 contender for the UFC Welterweight title. St. Pierre won the match by a split decision and was set to face then champion Matt Hughes on September 23rd at UFC 63.9 However, St. Pierre was forced to withdraw from the match due to a groin injury, and was replaced by the man he defeated in March, B.J. Penn.10 The UFC had announced afterwards that St. Pierre would have the opportunity to fight for the title when his condition had fully healed.

St. Pierre was also seen as a trainer on The Ultimate Fighter: The Comeback on Spike TV, vocally supporting fellow Canadian, and training partner, Patrick Côté.

At UFC 63, GSP made an appearance to support fellow Canadian MMA fighter, David “the Crow” Loiseau. At that time he was seen pushing David to fight his fight against Mike Swick. At the same event, after Matt Hughes had defeated BJ Penn, GSP stepped into the ring to hype up his fight against Matt Hughes by stating that he was glad that Matt won his fight, but that he was “not impressed” by his performance.

According to announcer Joe Rogan, Hughes was unhappy with St. Pierre’s statement and that they “had words” off-camera shortly after, at which time St. Pierre apologized, saying he was merely trying to hype the fight.

St. Pierre challenged Matt Hughes again at UFC 65 for the UFC Welterweight title. The fight lasted two rounds and St. Pierre was dominant in each. St. Pierre won the fight via TKO (referee stoppage) after a left kick to Hughes’ head, followed by a barrage of unanswered punches and elbows.

The UFC has also announced a third bout between St. Pierre and Matt Hughes. Scheduled to take place in Montreal, this will be the first UFC event held in Canada, and according to St. Pierre, a dream come true. According to the UFC this fight has been postponed to a not-yet-determined date.

On the 30th of January 2007, St. Pierre signed a six fight deal with the UFC.11

At UFC 69 Georges St. Pierre lost the Welterweight title to Matt Serra via TKO (strikes) at 3:25 of Round One. Matt Serra was a 10-1 underdog going in to the bout.12

It has been confirmed by Dana White that GSP’s next fight will be against Josh Koscheck at UFC 74.

MMA titles

  • 1x UFC Welterweight Champion (former)
  • TKO Canadian Welterweight Champion (former)

MMA record

13 wins (6 TKO’s, 4 submission, 3 decisions), 2 losses (1 submission, 1 TKO), 0 draws, as of April 7, 2007.13
Date Result Opponent Event Method Round Time Notes
4/7/2007 Loss Matt Serra UFC 69: Shootout TKO (Strikes) 1 3:25 Lost UFC Welterweight Championship
11/18/2006 Win Matt Hughes UFC 65: Bad Intentions TKO (Strikes) 2 1:25 Won UFC Welterweight Championship
3/4/2006 Win B.J. Penn UFC 58: USA vs Canada Decision (Split) 3 5:00
11/19/2005 Win Sean Sherk UFC 56: Full Force TKO (Strikes) 2 2:53
8/20/2005 Win Frank Trigg UFC 54: Boiling Point Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 1 4:09
4/16/2005 Win Jason “Mayhem” Miller UFC 52: Couture vs. Liddell 2 Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
1/29/2005 Win Dave Strasser TKO 19-Rage Submission (Kimura) 1 1:52
10/22/2004 Loss Matt Hughes UFC 50: The War of ’04 Submission (Armbar) 1 4:59 Match was for UFC Welterweight Championship
6/19/2004 Win Jay Hieron UFC 48: Payback TKO (Punches) 1 1:42
1/31/2004 Win Karo Parisyan UFC 46: Supernatural Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
11/29/2003 Win Pete Spratt TKO 14-Road Warriors Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 1 3:40
1/25/2003 Win Thomas Denny UCC 12-Adrenaline TKO (Cut) 2 4:45
10/11/2002 Win Travis Galbraith UCC 11-The Next Level TKO (Strikes) 1 2:03
6/15/2002 Win Justin Bruckmann UCC 10: Battle for the Belts Submission (Armbar) 1 3:23 Won Canadian Welterweight Championship
1/25/2002 Win Ivan Menjivar UCC 7-Bad Boyz TKO 1 4:50

See also

  • List of male mixed martial artists

References

  • ^ Doyle, Dave. “Hughes-St. Pierre: UFC’s match of the year?”, FOXSports.com, February, 2007. Retrieved on 2007-05-17. 
  • ^ Ultimate Fighter Championship Fighter Detail – George St. Pierre. Zuffa. Retrieved on 2007-05-13.
  • ^ MMA’s Top Ten. MMAWeekly.com (2007-05-09). Retrieved on 2007-05-13.
  • ^ Isa Tousignant. Georges St. Pierre leads Montreal to UFC glory. Hour.ca. March 2nd, 2006.
  • ^ Marc Wickert. Montreal’s MMA Warrior. knucklepit.com.
  • ^ http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/OtherSports/2006/07/22/1697789-sun.html
  • ^ Getting To Know Georges “Rush” St. Pierre
  • ^ First Bout
  • ^ CBC.ca. 2
  • ^ Thomas Gerbasi. St. Pierre Sidelined by Injury; ‘The Prodigy’ to The Rescue. August 23 2006.
  • ^ http://www.mmaweekly.com/absolutenm/templates/dailynews.asp?articleid=3355&zoneid=13
  • ^ Davidson, Neil. “Georges St. Pierre suffers shock loss to underdog Matt Serra at UFC 69: Shootout”, Canadian Press, 2007-04-08. Retrieved on 2007-04-09. 
  • ^ Professional MMA record. Sherdog.com.
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    Previous champion
    Matt Hughes (fighter)
    6th UFC Welterweight Champion

    November 18, 2006 – April 7, 2007

    Next champion
    Matt Serra



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