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MMA Best Fighter: Georges St-Pierre

Written on August 24, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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This week, Georges "GSP" St-Pierre makes his way to Fighting Insider's list of MMA's best fighters.

, also known as , was born on May 19, 1981 in Saint-Isidore, Quebec. He is the current UFC welterweight title holder, and is lauded as one of the best pound-for-pound MMA fighter.

At the age of seven, he studied Kyokushin Karate from his father, Rolando, in order to defend himself against school bully. He continue his karate classes later on with a Kyokushin Karate Master. When his karate teacher died, he studied Wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and Boxing. Then before he became a professional MMA fighter, GSP worked as a bouncer at Fuzzy Brossard and a garbage man for six months to pay his school fees.

Georges St-Pierre made his UFC debut at UFC 46, where he defeated Karo Parisyan via unanimous decision. It was followed by a technical knockout win over Jay Hieron at UFC 48.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Black Belt Magazine
2008 MMA Fighter of the Year

Inside MMA on HDNet
Fighter of the Year 2009

MMAJunkie.com
Fighter of the Year (2009)
Fight of the Year (2010)

Rogers Sportsnet
Rogers Sportsnet Canadian Athlete of the Year (2008)
Rogers Sportsnet Canadian Athlete of the Year (2009)
Rogers Sportsnet Canadian Athlete of the Year (2010)

Spike Guys’ Choice Awards
Most Dangerous Man of the Year 2010

Sports Illustrated (SI.com)
Fighter of the Year 2009

TKO Major League MMA
TKO Canadian Welterweight Championship (1 time)

Ultimate Fighting Championship
UFC Interim Welterweight Championship (1 time)
UFC Welterweight Championship (2 times, current)
Fight of the Night (2 times)
Submission of the Night (1 time)
Second most consecutive championship defenses in UFC (Six)
Most consecutive Welterweight Championship defenses in UFC (Six)
Canadian Cover Athlete for UFC Undisputed 2009

Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards
2008 Most Outstanding Fighter
2009 Most Outstanding Fighter
2010 Most Outstanding Fighter

Fighters Only
2008 Submission of the Year

MMAPayout
Fighter of the Year 2009

World MMA Awards
Fighter of the Year 2009


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