Au moment d’être intronisé officiellement au Temple de la renommée de l’UFC, jeudi soir à Las Vegas, le Québécois Georges St-Pierre en profitera sans doute pour remercier ses entraîneurs et ses différents partenairesnom breux artisan tres sans auxiliaries from the planet.
“The greatest honor I can receive,” St-Pierre has already judged, regarding his entry into the Pantheon, which will be in a public event on the sidelines of UFC 266, scheduled in two days.
When Dana White called him to tell him the news of his induction in May 2020, he thought the UFC president would try to get him to fight again. Now, 40, the pride of Saint Isidore, in Montergie, jolly welcomed the happy news of such an honor that sooner or later was to be paid to her.
With his regular class, St-Pierre will inevitably thank White, as will the UFC founders, Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta.
“It’s been an incredible journey that wouldn’t have been possible without everyone else,” Kipker said in a press release during the announcement, then recounting everyone he’s gravitated around for during his career, including Wyatt, and then saluting his opponents at the same time.
From a barbarian to an athlete
With St-Pierre elected from among the immortals, now would be the perfect opportunity for us to thank the legendary Quebec turn who, without a doubt, left an indelible mark on mixed martial arts.
“I fought for my sport to be accepted as a real sport, the Quebec fighter himself admitted in an interview with the Journal de Montreal last year. We were treated like barbarians and we weren’t like athletes.”
Such is indeed St-Pierre’s impact on his sport’s notoriety, that over the years, he could decide to climb into the octagon, on his own terms.
DanaWhite will not always find him suitable, but today he is recognized as one of the greatest disciplines, and among the most recognizable.
“George St-Pierre pioneered mixed martial arts in Canada and helped grow our sport globally,” the UFC president revealed when announcing his induction future. He is the most popular athlete from Canada and one of the best fighters of all time.”
After retiring from mixed martial arts in February 2019, the man nicknamed “GSP” finished his career with a record of 26-2 and 8 KOs. Winner of 20 of his 22 fights in the ‘UFC’, he was the welterweight and middleweight champion in a prestigious organization.
Among his most memorable fights, we must remember the duel he fought at Madison Square Garden in New York against Michael Bisping, in November 2017, after four years of absence. With the help of a submission in the third round, St-Pierre forced the referee to stop the fight, giving him the middleweight title.
His previous presence in the Octagon against Johnny Hendrix, in Las Vegas in 2013, also made for a great spectacle. Quebec then won by a split decision to retain the welterweight title. “GSP” still holds the record for the most title defenses in this category, with nine.
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