Date of Birth:
The biography of Georges St. Pierre starts on May 19, 1981 in Saint-Isidore, Quebec, Canada.
MMA Training Camp and Fighting Organization:
Georges St. Pierre trains at Jackson’s Submission Fighting in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He fights for the UFC.
Early Martial Arts Training:
Georges St. Pierre's parents were good to him, but they were not wealthy. With only limited financial resources and a knack for athletics, St. Pierre chose Kyokushin Karate
over other sports like hockey at the age of seven in order to deal with bullies at the tough school he attended (one where students stole his clothes and money). His karate teacher, someone who had a great influence on his life, died when he was 12. St. Pierre, already a second-degree black belt, started training in Muay Thai soon after before taking up Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
at 16. At 18, he began training in wrestling
Karate’s Influence on MMA Fighting:
In a 2006 Black Belt Magazine interview, St. Pierre said, "I'm very happy that I learned karate when I was young. A lot of people told me that it's useless in fighting, but they're wrong. I'm pretty sure if I hadn't done it, I wouldn't be at this level today. Karate made me a lot stronger, and it made me flexible and athletic like I am now. When I'm fighting, I'm not doing kata, but I use a lot of kicks and techniques that I learned from Kyokushin."
Early MMA Career:
St. Pierre fought as an amateur around the time that he started training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, taking home his first such victory at the age of 16. However, his professional career started on January 25, 2002 when he defeated Ivan Menjivar at a UCC event by TKO. St. Pierre then went on to win three consecutive fights in the UCC and another with the TKO organization before moving on to the UFC.
Georges St. Pierre and the Early UFC Years:
Back in 2004, most guys weren't asked to fight a superstar in the making in their first UFC encounter. But St. Pierre’s first bout in the organization came against judo expert Karo Parisyan. Still, St. Pierre used his athleticism to grind out a decision. Intermixed with a submission loss to Matt Hughes, the Canadian fighter managed victories over fighters like Jason Miller, Frank Trigg, Sean Sherk, Dave Strasser, B.J. Penn
, and Jay Hieron. Then came Hughes again.
Georges St. Pierre vs. Matt Hughes:
At UFC 50, St. Pierre was not convinced that he could defeat his MMA hero. So when he stepped into the Octagon against Hughes, despite the fact that he fought well, he didn’t believe in himself. This eventually led to the mistake that cost him the fight via armbar
. But St. Pierre decided to treat Hughes like any other fighter in their next encounter at UFC 65. That worked to the tune of a dominant TKO victory after head kicks did their damage, leaving St. Pierre the UFC Welterweight Champion. At UFC 79, St. Pierre once again dominated the former champion, this time by submission
Georges St. Pierre's Greatest Comeback Fights:
- Georges St. Pierre vs. Matt Hughes at UFC 65: Before this fight, St. Pierre indicated that he "was not impressed," with Hughes' recent victory over B.J. Penn. That set up some bad blood; but it also proved that the Canadian fighter was beyond the confidence problem he claimed to have when he took on Hughes at UFC 50. A couple of head kicks that floored Hughes later (one at the end of the first round, another in the second) led to a dominant TKO victory for St. Pierre and the UFC Welterweight Championship.
- Georges St. Pierre vs. B.J. Penn at UFC 94: Sure, St. Pierre had taken home a split decision victory over Penn at UFC 58. But some had believed Penn deserved that victory after a first round where he battered "Rush". This time, there was no doubt who won the fight as St. Pierre took Penn down at will and pounded away at him until his corner threw in the towel after the fourth round closed. Unfortunately, this fight also became known as "Grease Gate" when St. Pierre cornerman Phil Nurse was caught moving his vaseline filled hands to Rush's chest and back. This caused Penn to complain afterwards that St. Pierre was slippery, making the win somewhat controversial. Penn, in fact, filed a complaint with NSAC.
- Georges St. Pierre vs. Matt Serra at UFC 83: At UFC 69, in one of the biggest upsets in MMA history, Serra defeated St. Pierre by TKO in round one. This led to a rematch at UFC 83, one that the Canadian fighter dominated with powerful takedowns, awesome ground control, and great ground and pound. After a significant amount of devastating knees to the body, the fight was stopped with Serra losing by second round TKO.