by Dave Parsons
Georges St-Pierre was born May 19, 1981 in Saint-Isidore, Quebec, to Jim and Louise St-Pierre. St-Pierre had a rough upbringing , tending a school where others would steal his clothes and money. He began studying Kyokushin karate at the early age of seven by his father and later with a Kyokushin Karate Master to defend himself against a school bully , Nikolas Mavrikos.
He took up wrestling and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu after his karate instructor died and also trained in boxing . Before turning pro as a mixed-martial artist, St-Pierre worked as a bouncer at a Montreal night club within the South Shore named Fuzzy Brossard and as a garbageman for 6 months to fund his school fees and also to acquire his Mixed martial arts equipment for example his MMA Shorts and Mixed martial arts Gloves
St-Pierre has trained with a wide variety of people in a large selection of gyms throughout his MMA career . Previous to his battle with B.J. Penn at UFC 58, he trained at the Renzo Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy in New York City. St-Pierre acquired his brown belt in BJJ from Renzo Gracie on July 21, 2006. In September 2008, St-Pierre earned his black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Bruno Fernandes.
St-Pierre started training with Rashad Evans, Nathan Marquardt, Keith Jardine, Donald Cerrone, and other experienced Mixed martial arts scrappers at Greg Jackson’s Submission Fighting Gaidojutsu school in New Mexico. Some of Jackson’s students attended St-Pierre to Montreal to help prepare him for his fight at Ultimate fighting championship 94 against B.J. Penn in the Tristar Gym, including Keith Jardine, Nathan Marquardt, Donald Cerrone and Rashad Evans. Georges’ intensity and conditioning coach is Jonathan Chaimberg of Adrenaline Performance Centre in Montral. Georges’ Head Trainer is Firas Zahabi of Zahabi Mixed martial arts, from the Tristar gym. The pair have cornered all of St-Pierre’s latest fights and continue as his close friends. Currently, St-Pierre trains in Muay Thai under Phil Nurse at the Wat in NY City .
St-Pierre always dreamed to become a UFC champ since watching Royce Gracie fight in 1993 at Ultimate fighting championship 1. St-Pierre had his first amateurish bout when he was only 16 years of age. He said, “After i won my first amateur (MMA) fight, I was 16 years old and I beat a man which was 25. I was merely a Kyokushin karate fighter and also the guy I fought was a boxer. At the time my ground skills were very poor , I didn’t know anything on the ground .” St-Pierre won his fight by KO , going low with several leg kicks after which going high using a kick to the head.
St-Pierre’s pro debut was against Branden Macfadden and the fight finished in a first round to-knockout win by St-Pierre. In his second fight, St-Pierre’s challenge for the UCC belt against Justin Bruckmann. He won by an arm bar in the first round. He then went on and defended his title two more times . The UCC aka worldwide Combat Challenge ended up being born-again to TKO Major League MMA and the man was known as the champion. He fought on November 29, 2003 against Pete Spratt in a non-title bout at TKO 14. St-Pierre defeated Spratt with a rear naked choke in the very first round. Following his second win in the Ultimate fighting championship , he faced Matt Hughes at Ultimate fighting championship 50 for the vacant UFC Welterweight Championship. Despite a aggressive performance against the a lot more experienced fighter, St-Pierre tapped out to an armbar submission with just one second remaining in the very first round. This was his fist loss of St-Pierre’s career and he has since said that he was in awe of Hughes commencing the title bout. Since then he’s become one of the best pound for pound fighters on the planet.