It’s all about legacy for George “Rush” St. Pierre, who has just returned to the MMA world after a long hiatus. He is a three-time former Welterweight Champion of the UFC and won the title twice in 2006 and 2008. Pierre is cited as one of the greatest MMA fighters of all time and landed on the top spot of the Welterweight division in the world for several years.
Born in Saint-Isidore, Quebec on May 19, 1981, St. Pierre is easily one of Canada’s finest mixed martial artists. St. Pierre was bullied as a child and other kids were always stealing his clothes and money at school. He was into skating and hockey as a child, but also participated in several other contact sports.
His father was a Kyokushin Karate Master who started teaching St. Pierre the ways of this fighting technique at the age of 7 so he could defend himself against the bullies at school. He also took up wrestling and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu before turning into a professional mixed martial artist.
His first debut fight was against Ivan Manjivar at the UCC 7 in 2002 and won via TKO. He won six consecutive fights after that defeating Justin Bruckmann, Travis Galabraith, Thomas Denny, Pete Spratt, and Karo Parisyan in his debut fight in the UFC 46 in 2004. In the same year, he also defeated Jay Hieron at the UFC 48 via TKO.
His first taste of defeat was at the UFC 50 against Matt Hughes. He won several more fight in the UFC after and even managed to redeem against Matt Hughes in the UFC 65 where he won via TKO. His second defeat in the UFC was courtesy of Matt Serra in the UFC 69.
His latest fight was against Michael Bisping in UFC 217 on November 4, 2017 – he won via TKO after utilizing a rear-naked choke. Currently, there are talks of St. Pierre appearing in a big fight with Nate Diaz and other contemporaries. Georges St. Pierre has a record of 28 fights with 26 wins and 2 losses.