Posted By: Michael Cecchin
In the world of Mixed Martial Arts, no competitor maybe other than Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva, can be compared to George St-Pierre in terms of skill, success and popularity amongst the fans. His patience and excellence in the octagon has made him one of the most credible champions the UFC has seen and his charisma, wit and personality has made him one of the most respected figures in the business. Never one to look past an opponent, GSP has always been well trained and focused heading into important fights which for him is every event he takes part in.
On the night of UFC 83 in Montreal, St-Pierre was gearing up to face Matt Serra in a highly anticipated rematch for the UFC Welterweight Championship. One of the biggest nights in GSP’s career at that point saw the spotlight turned away from the Canadian fighter as he was greeted by a visitor before the bout. A young man named Michael, whose wrestling dreams came to an end after a devastating accident left him in a wheelchair, paid St-Pierre a pre-fight visit and offered words of encouragement. His words and gratitude offered up motivation and emotion that would eventually help lead St-Pierre to victory and in turn regain the Welter Weight Title; which he has yet to lose. Although it is rare to see fighters to allow such an emotional circumstance take place hours before a fight, let alone a title fight, there was no doubt in St-Pierre’s mind that he would allow this boys dream to come true.
UFC 83 proved to be a pivotal night, not only in terms of GSP regaining his Welterweight Title; but the events before the fight spawned the start of the GSP Foundation. Helping sick kids, assisting in community interests and charitable causes as well as being a positive role model for today’s youth has been St-Pierre’s main focus since that night in April, 2008. As one of the most respected fighters in the UFC today, Georges St-Pierre has become a positive and successful role model for Mixed Martial Arts fans both young and old. He has become active within the community and has been involved in numerous fundraising events as well as holding a few of his own.
Throughout his career and time with the UFC, St-Pierre has been known to be a humble, respectful and cautious champion. His respect towards fighters, media and management is a testament to his non-flashy but effective fighting style in the octagon. His charity work and leadership for at risk youth and all children alike has made him a constant force in all aspects of his MMA career. Whether or not Georges St-Pierre is the very best in the sport, as it is a constant debate between MMA and UFC fans, there is no question when it comes to his status as one of the best and most respected champions to step into the octagon.
His time in the UFC and as champion may not last forever, but his legacy and hard work will never be forgotten. To UFC fans around the world there is no fighter like him, and to the many children he has assisted there is no other hero like him. His positive attitude and admiration for others are the making of a true champion. He has used his platform of success to bring joy to the lives of others who struggle to find that light.
To learn more about the GSP Foundation, visit http://www.gspfightclub.com/en/