- Full name Georges St-Pierre
- Nickname Rush
- Birth date May 19, 1981
- Birth place Saint-Isidore, Quebec
- Current age 35 years 341 days
- Height 5 ft 10 in
- Weight 170 lb
Arguably the most relentless and dynamic fighter in the UFC, it is hard to believe Georges St-Pierre initially took up Kyokushin Karate at the age of six to fend off a bully. Now a fully fledged UFC welterweight champion, St-Pierre's wrestling-for-mixed-martial-arts style has made him almost unstoppable at 170lbs.
Named Fighter of the Year in 2009, St-Pierre's name is often mentioned in the same breath as Anderson Silva when discussions about MMA's best pound-for-pounder arise. Certainly nobody at 170lbs or lower has proved the match of St-Pierre in recent years, with UFC lightweight champion BJ Penn forced to quit after the fourth round of their "super fight" at UFC 94.
St-Pierre does hold the dubious honour of being involved in the biggest shock in UFC history, losing his title to Matt Serra at UFC 69, but he quickly avenged that defeat and has not been beaten since. In fact, St-Pierre has beaten every man he has ever faced, including Matt Hughes who he initially surrendered an armbar loss to at UFC 50, only to beat the former champion at UFC 65 and UFC 79.
Having taking out top contenders Jon Fitch, Thiago Alves, Dan Hardy, Josh Koscheck and Jake Shields, it is widely believed that St-Pierre has cleared out the welterweight division. A future showdown with Anderson Silva would seem inevitable to determine the true pound-for-pound king, although Dana White has raised question marks over whether that fight will ever happen.
Fighting out of Greg Jackson's camp, where "Rush" has improved beyond all recognition, St-Pierre acted as a coach in season 12 of The Ultimate Fighter, culminating in a dominant victory over Koscheck at UFC 124. A sixth consecutive title defence against Shields followed, but then GSP faced one of the biggest challenges of his career when, after a 19-month spell on the sidelines, he returned from a serious knee injury to beat Carlos Condit.
A superfight with Silva surely now beckons.
St-Pierre has won the UFC welterweight belt on two occasions, but his complete domination of lightweight champion BJ Penn is currently the defining moment of his career. Not only was St-Pierre able to take Penn down at will, he also passed his opponent's formidable guard at ease to deliver a 20-minute pounding that forced Penn to quit.
Accusations surrounding that Penn victory, claiming St-Pierre had used grease illegally, put a dampener on the triumph, but his career low must be the shock defeat to Serra - who was a 16/1 underdog.
"If you want to be treated like a professional athlete, you have to look like a professional athlete. My goal is to be known as the best MMA fighter in history. That is what I'm fighting for."
Georges St-Pierre was heading for a degree in administration before he began training MMA full time.
- Dana: Anderson called and asked for a super-fight (Apr 28, 2013)
- St-Pierre: Get rid of 'ridiculous' rounds (Apr 24, 2013)
- White: GSP only has to ask for Silva and we'll make it (Apr 19, 2013)
- St-Pierre admits he weighed over 170 for UFC 158 (Apr 13, 2013)
Zahabi: GSP will end career after Anderson Silva fight (Mar 30, 2013)