-idyb- Posted November 29, 2021 Report Share Posted November 29, 2021 The Canadian played several sports as a child. His father taught him Kyokushin Karate when he was 7 years old and later learned from a Kyokushin Karate Master to defend himself against school bullies. At the age of 12, he was already a second dan Kyokushin Karate black belt. And after his Karate teacher died, St-Pierre studied wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jutsu, and boxing when he was 16 years old. George St-Pierre enrolled in kinesiology studies at Cégep Édouard-Montpetit after graduating high school. To help pay for his school fees, he worked as a garbageman for six months and as a bouncer at a Montreal nightclub called Fuzzy Brossard. Before signing with the UFC, George St-Pierre made his professional MMA debut at UCC 7: Bad Boyz, where he won via TKO in the first round. He held a record of five wins with no losses before joining the UFC. He then made his UFC debut at UFC 46 where he was pitted against Karo Parisyan. He won the fight via unanimous decision. At UFC 50, George St-Pierre faced Matt Hughes for the vacant UFC Welterweight Championship. Unfortunately, he suffered the first loss of his career after he tapped out to an armbar with 10 seconds left in the first round. GSP earned another shot at the title after he defeated B.J. Penn at UFC 58, as he was set for a rematch with Matt Hughes at UFC 63. Unfortunately, he suffered an injury that made him withdraw from the match. He got another shot at the UFC Welterweight Championship at UFC 65 against Matt Hughes. The fight was close to being stopped in the first round as St-Pierre landed a superman punch and left hook that grounded Hughes. The defending champion survived, but not for long, as GSP won the fight via TKO in the second round. On Jan. 30, 2007, the new UFC Welterweight Champion signed a six-fight deal with the UFC. Unfortunately for GSP, he failed to defend the title in his match against Matt Serra at UFC 69. This loss is the last loss in St-Pierre’s MMA career. George St-Pierre faced Matt Hughes once again, this time for the Interim UFC Welterweight Championship. He made easy work of Hughes and forced him to submit at the end of the second round to claim the title. At UFC 83, UFC’s first event in Canada, GSP faced Matt Serra for the undisputed UFC Welterweight Champion. This time around, St-Pierre avenged his loss to Serra as he won via TKO in the second round, unifying the UFC Welterweight Championship. In one of the most awaited rematches in UFC history, B.J. Penn challenged GSP to defend his title. The bout headlined UFC 94, and it was off to a great start as it was a nearly even fight in the first round. However, Penn’s performance in the next three rounds dwindled. After the fourth round, Penn’s corner requested to stop the fight as St-Pierre successfully defended his title. GSP’s win against Penn was covered in controversy as Penn complained that St-Pierre was too slippery to hold during the fight, claiming that petroleum jelly was applied to the champion’s back. The matter was formally investigated by the UFC and the Nevada State Athletic Commission. St-Pierre successfully defended the UFC Welterweight title four more times after the B.J. Penn bout. Unfortunately, it was revealed that GSP suffered a torn ACL on Dec. 7, 2011, which would keep him out of action for at least 10 months. During the time that he was injured, Carlos Condit won the UFC Interim Welterweight Championship. Upon his return, St-Pierre was set to fight Condit for the undisputed championship at UFC 154 on Nov. 17, 2012. It was a back-and-forth matchup as GSP managed to defend multiple submission attempts and strikes. St-Pierre then won the fight via unanimous decision to unify the UFC Welterweight Championship. Both fighters received the Fight of the Night honors. He defended the title two more times against Nick Diaz and Johny Hendricks, respectively. On Dec. 13, 2013, St-Pierre announced that he would vacate the title and take some time off MMA. GSP later revealed that he suffered another torn ACL in 2014. Despite being cleared to resume training, it was still unclear if he would fight again. On June 20, 2016, St-Pierre announced that he was negotiating with the UFC to return to the Octagon. The contract was then finalized to be a four-fight deal. GSP returned to the Octagon at UFC 217 to fight UFC Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping. St-Pierre won the fight via technical submission in the third round, winning the title and making him the fourth person in UFC history to become a multiple division champion. After 34 days of holding the belt, Georges St-Pierre vacated the UFC Middleweight title, citing medical reasons as he didn’t want to hold up the championship. On Feb. 21, 2019, Georges St-Pierre announced his retirement from MMA at a press conference at the Bell Centre in MontrealOn May 9, 2020, the UFC announced that Georges St-Pierre would be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. Aside from his fighting career, GSP also had a few appearances in movies and TV. Probably his most famous role is Georges Batroc from Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and he later reprised the role on The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Marvel’s What If…? Due to his stature as one of the best UFC fighters of all time, it is reported that he earned more than $7 million in his UFC career, excluding the PPV and bonuses. He also endorsed numerous brands such as Under Armour, NOS energy drink, Hayabusa, 888 Poker, Electronic Arts, Bud Light, Reebok, and Bacardi. GSP earned around $1-2 million per fight with these endorsement deals. GSP founded his charity called George St-Pierre Foundation, with the primary focus of helping youth, stopping bullying, and promoting physical activities in schools. Georges St-Pierre set himself up for greatness as he rose through the ranks to become one of the best MMA fighters of all time. Now, he is enjoying the fruits of his labor. You can find out his current net worth here: https://clutchpoints.com/georges-st-pierre-net-worth-in-2021/ 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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