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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.

Georges St-Pierre, also known as GSP, 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.

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MMA’s Best Fighter: Rich Franklin

Written on July 16, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Once called by Joe Rogan as "an angry Jim Carrey", Rich Franklin makes his way to Fighting Insider's list of MMA's Best Fighter.

Former UFC middleweight champion, Rich Franklin, was born as Rich Jay Franklin II on October 5, 1974. Prior to becoming a MMA fighter, he was a Mathematics teacher at the Oak Hills High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was a graduate of University of Cincinnati, where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics, as well as his Master’s Degree in Education.

Rich Franklin, together with American Fighter president — Jeff Adler, created the Keep It In the Ring Foundation. It advocates on non-violence and character build-up for youths through after school sports, martial arts and life skills program.

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