All-time UFC welterweight great Georges St-Pierre has come out stating that he’s ready to return to the UFC. He hasn’t fought since he defended his belt against Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 on November 16, 2013. That’s almost three years ago. Whether or not you’re new to MMA, there are probably a few things that most didn’t know about GSP other than the fact that he was the former UFC welterweight champion.
Here are five interesting facts that you most likely never knew.
5) Georges St-Pierre took up martial arts because he was bullied
Born in Saint-Isidore, Quebec, Canada, the great mixed martial artist was surprisingly bullied as a child. He started learning Kyokushin karate from his father at 7-years-old in order to learn how to defend himself. He continued his studies under a Kyokushin master and eventually started incorporating Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and wrestling into his martial arts at 16-years-old.
4) How Georges St-Pierre received his nickname “Rush”
If you followed Georges St-Pierre later in his career, you knew that he was a calculated fighter. He would negate most of his opponent’s strengths and usually win in decisive fashion. But early in his career, he finished numerous of his opponents in the first round. This is where he received his nickname Georges “Rush” St-Pierre.
3) Georges St-Pierre is friends with a Canadian drug lord
In 2014, Georges St-Pierre had written a letter to the U.S. criminal authorities supporting his friend Jimmy Cournoyer. Their relationship was developed overtime through their training at the gym and passion for martial arts. Cournoyer was caught moving over 200,000lbs into the United States with the Hells Angels and the Bonanno crime families and was sentenced to 27 years.
2) Georges St-Pierre loves dinosaurs
Other than his passion for martial arts, Georges St-Pierre also loves dinosaurs. His love for these extinct creatures is something that he’s spent plenty of his own personal time studying. He loved these creatures so much that during his semi-retirement he was able to be part of a two-half-hour special titled “The Boneyard, with Georges St. Pierre.” It had St. Pierre traveling around the world learning about these “beasts.”
1) Georges St-Pierre is scared of aliens
Although he’s never confirmed it, it is said that Georges St-Pierre is “deathly afraid of aliens” according to former training mate and current UFC on Fox analyst and color commentator Kenny Florian. St-Pierre has also discussed his fear of these so called “unidentified flying objects” and odd time gaps on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast.
Clyde Erwin Barretto is an emphatic obsessed fan of mixed martial arts, combat sports and body movement. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeBarretto.