He's back. The king of the UFC Welterweight Division is scheduled to face Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping later this year. No one knew if Georges St-Pierre would ever make his return to the octagon but those questions have been answered and the UFC is getting back one of the biggest names in the history of the sport. After a questionable decision victory against Johnny Hendricks at UFC 167, GSP explained in the post-fight press conference that a break from MMA was much needed after years of competing in the octagon.
Bisping's Middleweight title will be on the line when GSP faces off against The Count and some feel that the show at gold is a bit premature since Pierre has been out of action for four years. Many believed that Yoel Romero had done enough to warrant a fight with the champion. We all know how Dana White and company deal with their title shots it really shouldn't come as a surprise that Romero was skipped in line. Will St-Pierre be game for a fight with such huge stakes after being out for so long? It's been 13 years since he first fought in the UFC and there has been plenty of buzz worthy news surrounding the Canadian ever since. Not all of the news surrounding him can be good though. Here are 15 things that GSP might not want to bring up any time soon.
15 "I'm Not Impressed With Your Performance"
13 Killing Salazar
St-Pierre has had some decent movie roles to go along with his fighting career. His best performance has to be in Captain America: The Winter Soldier where he played Batroc, a French mercenary who specialized in savate, a form of kickboxing (he really did fit this role perfectly). One of his more lesser known roles was in a film called Killing Salazar. The movie starred Steven Seagal and was released in Kuwait and South Africa. St-Pierre plays Bruno Sinclaire, a criminal mastermind of some sort who does battle with Seagal in one of the worst movies of 2016.
12 His Lawyer
This one might come as a pretty weird entry on our list but GSP's lawyer made a statement last October that really didn't need to be said. Fighter pay has been one of, if not the biggest topic of discussion involving the UFC. Many of the athletes on the roster have voiced their opinions on the low wages but not much has been done to change the low compensation rates. During contract negotiations St-Pierre's lawyer James Quinn, who has won numerous cases against the NBA and NFL, decided to voice his opinion on the matter. "I’ve done a lot of work in sports. When I read that contract, I was blown away by how restrictive it is," Quinn said. "I don’t think the contract — that formal contract — is likely to stand up. Not in today’s world. It’s a pretty nice form of slavery."
11 The Ultimate Fighter 12
There are a number of fighters including Ronda Rousey who have coached on The Ultimate Fighter and didn't enjoy the experience one bit. St-Pierre put his time into TUF by coaching the 12th season of the reality TV show with. Josh Koscheck was brought in to coach a team against St-Pierre's and the two would eventually fight for the welterweight title at UFC 124. We all know GSP isn't the greatest when it comes to promoting fights. Just his name alone is enough to garner attention so there really is no point of talking down on his opponent beforehand.
10 His Dark Place
I'm not exactly sure what St-Pierre's dark place consist of but it's a pretty weird thing to think about. Before his fight with Nick Diaz at UFC 158, St-Pierre made it clear that Diaz had no idea how dark he was in his mind. Neither did we. This whole thing rattled off a number memes and threads about the topic; memes and threads that are hilarious if I must say. In a countdown segment St-Pierre said "I have my own demon in my head. He has no idea how dark I am in my head." This is just weird.
9 Anderson Silva vs. Georges St-Pierre Super Fight
8 Steroid Allegations
7 His First Loss
6 Seven Victories By Decision
5 UFC 167 Victory Over Johnny Hendricks
4 Contract Negotiations
At UFC 94 B.J. Penn was looking to even the score with St-Pierre after losing the first bout between them three years prior to their anticipated rematch. At the time Penn was the reigning UFC Lightweight Champion, making it the first time that two titleholders would be squaring off with one another. The fight was at welterweight which meant that St-Pierre's title was on the line while Penn was safe from losing his. Plenty of headlines were made after the fight but for reasons that nobody expected. In between rounds one and two, corner man Phil Nurse was seen applying vaseline to the face of St-Pierre. This happens in almost every fight that takes place. Nurse then applied vaseline to his fighter's back before the start of round two. Not good. Corner men are not allowed to touch a fighter's back as it can give them an unfair advantage over their opponent in the grappling and submission side of MMA. St-Pierre went on to win the fight by corner stoppage.
2 Vacating The Title And Hiatus
1 Losing The Welterweight Title
St-Pierre has only two blemishes on his resume: A loss to Matt Hughes and a loss to Matt Sera. The loss to Hughes was bad, but it was only his third fight in the UFC. GSP made up for his submission loss to Hughes by defeating him at UFC 65 by TKO to become the new UFC Welterweight champion. Matt Serra would be the first one to challenge the newly crowned champion and the result was one that MMA fans will never forget. Coming in as one of the biggest underdogs in MMA history, no one expected Serra to take home the belt at UFC 69. Like they say, always expect the unexpected. Three minutes into the first round the challenger caught the champ with a right hand and the end was near as Serra continued to pour on the punishment until John McCarthy stepped in to end the fight. While St-Pierre avenged his loss to Serra one year later to get his belt back, the loss is still remembered as being one of the greatest upsets ever seen in the sport.
Leave A Comment
Looking for an AD FREE EXPERIENCE on TheSportster?Get Your Free Access Now!