Georges St-Pierre, known as GSP, is a Canadian mixed martial arts who has fought in the UFC since 2003. GSP is one of only four fighters in UFC history to have held championship belts in two divisions of that promotion.
Georges St-Pierre Bio and Stats
- Weight class: Welterweight (170 lbs)
- Nationality / birthplace: Saint-Isidore, Montérégie, Quebec, Canada
- Fighting style: Wrestling and striking
- Age: Born 19 May 1981
- Height: 1.78m
- UFC debut: UFC 46 on January 31, 2004
Georges St-Pierre Biography
Born in the town of Saint-Isodore, just outside of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, GSP grew up as a French speaker. He took up martial arts early in life, having taken lessons in Kyokushin Karate from his father at seven years of age.
GSP took up MMA in his mid-teens as a way to challenge himself and defend himself from school bullies. After working as both a bouncer and garbage collector, GSP made his professional MMA debut at the age of 21.
St-Pierre became the face of the UFC, and arguably the sport of MMA, in the mid and late-2000s, and became the first fighter to headline pay-per-view events that routinely attracted over half a million buys.
Despite being such a famous fighter in the sport, Georges St-Pierre has been able to effectively hide much of his personal life from the public. He is known to be a good friend of Canadian drug dealer Jimmy Cournoyer and in a November 2012 interview, GSP said he was “married to the job” of being an MMA fighter.
Georges St-Pierre Early MMA Career
GSP made his professional MMA debut is January 2002 against future UFC fighter Ivan Menjivar, who GSP finished in the first round via TKO. The Canadian ended up building a 5-0 record in the regional MMA organisations in Quebec, which included victories over Thomas ‘Wildman’ Denny and another future UFC fighter, Pete Spratt.
His flawless professional MMA record quickly attracted the attention of the UFC, who signed GSP to a contract and immediately threw him in the deep end of the welterweight division. GSP made his debut against Karo Parisyan, who was known as one of the best young fighters of that time, and whose ground game was especially feared by fellow fighters.
GSP beat Parisyan via unanimous decision before finishing Jay Hieron in the first round of their fight at UFC 48. The two wins gave GSP a title shot against Welterweight champion Matt Hughes, who was seen as one of the top pound-for-pound fighters at the time. GSP would suffer the first loss of his career after losing to Hughes in the last second of the first round via armbar submission.
After racking up a six-fight win streak following the loss, GSP received another title shot against Hughes. It would be a successful rematch for GSP, who finished Hughes in the second round to win the Welterweight championship.
UFC Honours and Achievements
GSP would then suffer a shock loss in his first title defence to Matt Serra, who finished GSP via ground and pound in just 3:25 of the first round. St-Pierre bounced back with a win over Josh Koscheck and then won the UFC Welterweight belt for a second time after he beat Matt Hughes in a trilogy match.
In his first defence of his second title reign, GSP successfully avenged his loss against Serra after he finished the New Yorker in the second round via body shots.
Successful title defences against a “who’s who” of UFC fighters, which included Jon Fitch, B.J. Penn, Thiago Alves, Jake Shields, Carlos Condit and Nick Diaz followed in the next four years, and GSP was seen by many pundits as one of the best MMA fighters of all time.
In what would his last ever UFC Welterweight title defence, GSP narrowly beat Johny Hendricks via split decision in the main event of UFC 167, which marked his ninth defence of the belt. After a four-year hiatus, he returned to fight Michael Bisping for the UFC Middleweight championship, finishing Bisping in the third round to win the belt which he relinquished soon after due to illness.
UFC Career Milestones: GSP vs. Nick Diaz
One of the most anticipated fights of GSP’s career was against former Strikeforce Welterweight champion and trash talking extraordinaire Nick Diaz at UFC 158. Although Diaz came into the match with a loss, his length and unorthodox fighting style generated a huge amount of interest in the bout.
Although the fight itself was a mostly unentertaining one, it was arguably the biggest highlight of GSP’s ability to tailor his game plan in a way that allowed him to beat his opponents in their strongest areas of their game.
Against Diaz, St-Pierre was able to score takedowns almost at will, and was also able to use his top game to dominate him on the ground. He was able to score with repeated ground and pound and was easily able to defend all submission attempts by Diaz, who was known to be one of the strongest grapplers in the division at that time.
UFC Career Milestones: GSP vs. Michael Bisping
GSP made his long awaited return to MMA after nearly four years away from the sport. His return came in the form of an immediate Middleweight title shot against Michael Bisping, a weight class which St-Pierre had never fought.
The size difference between Bisping and GSP was noticeable, but it proved to be no barrier at all for the returning challenger as he dominated the striking exchanges in the first round and a half. GSP’s long time away from the Octagon started to show in the middle of the second round, however, as he visibly began to tire, which allowed Bisping to get back in the game with a few solid strikes of his own.
Bisping looked to take over the fight in the third round as he was able to nullify GSP’s top game on the ground with sharp and highly effective elbows from the bottom. After moving back to the feet, however, GSP was able to land a vicious left counter strike that rocked Bisping and allowed St-Pierre to land further strikes before finishing ‘the Count’ with a rear-naked choke to capture the title.
It was his first MMA finish since January 2009.
UFC Career Record
The following statistics have been taken from GSP’s professional career as a mixed martial artist.
|UFC 217||November 4, 2017||Win||Michael Bisping||Technical Submission (rear-naked choke)|
|UFC 167||November 16, 2013||Win||Johny Hendricks||Decision (split)|
|UFC 158||March 16, 2013||Win||Nick Diaz||Decision (unanimous)|
|UFC 154||November 17, 2012||Win||Carlos Condit||Decision (unanimous)|
|UFC 129||April 30, 2011||Win||Jake Shields||Decision (unanimous)|
|UFC 124||December 11, 2010||Win||Josh Koscheck||Decision (unanimous)|
|UFC 111||March 27, 2010||Win||Dan Hardy||Decision (unanimous)|
|UFC 100||July 11, 2009||Win||Thiago Alves||Decision (unanimous)|
|UFC 94||January 31, 2009||Win||B.J. Penn||TKO (corner stoppage)|
|UFC 87||August 9, 2008||Win||Jon Fitch||Decision (unanimous)|
|UFC 83||April 19, 2008||Win||Matt Serra||TKO (knees to the body)|
|UFC 79||December 29, 2007||Win||Matt Hughes||Verbal Submission (armbar)|
|UFC 74||August 25, 2007||Win||Josh Koscheck||Decision (unanimous)|
|UFC 69||April 7, 2007||Loss||Matt Serra||TKO (punches)|
|UFC 65||November 18, 2006||Win||Matt Hughes||TKO (head kick and punches)|
|UFC 58||March 4, 2006||Win||B.J. Penn||Decision (split)|
|UFC 56||November 19, 2005||Win||Sean Sherk||TKO (punches and elbows)|
|UFC 54||August 20, 2005||Win||Frank Trigg||Submission (rear-naked choke)|
|UFC 52||April 16, 2005||Win||Jason Miller||Decision (unanimous)|
|TKO 19: Rage||January 29, 2005||Win||Dave Strasser||Submission (kimura)|
|UFC 50||October 22, 2004||Loss||Matt Hughes||Submission (armbar)|
|UFC 48||June 19, 2004||Win||Jay Hieron||TKO (punches)|
|UFC 46||January 31, 2004||Win||Karo Parisyan||Decision (unanimous)|
|TKO 14: Road Warriors||November 29, 2003||Win||Pete Spratt||Submission (rear-naked choke)|
|UCC 12: Adrenaline||January 25, 2003||Win||Thomas Denny||TKO (doctor stoppage)|
|UCC 11: The Next Level||October 11, 2002||Win||Travis Galbraith||TKO (elbows)|
|UCC 10: Battles||June 15, 2002||Win||Justin Bruckmann||Submission (armbar)|
|UCC 7: Bad Boyz||January 25, 2002||Win||Ivan Menjivar||TKO (punches)|