Georges St-Pierre is a retired professional mixed martial artist, widely regarded as one of the greatest fighters in MMA history, having won titles in the welterweight and middleweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). His career has expanded into film, with roles in films such as Cartels (2017) and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014).
As a child, St-Pierre was bullied for years by older schoolmates leading his father to introduce him to Kyokushin karate at age 7, “but life isn’t like a movie,” according to St-Pierre. “You can do all the karate you want, when you’re eight or nine-years-old and they’re 12, when you’re alone and there’s three of them, you can’t do anything. That’s the reality.”
St-Pierre grew as a person and as a fighter as he added fighting disciplines such as boxing, wrestling, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to his karate background and competed in his first amateur bout at age 16. He won that match and continued his steady improvement. In 2006 he became the UFC Welterweight Champion. He lost the title in 2007 but subsequently regained it in front of his hometown fans of Montreal in 2008.
Along his career, St-Pierre accomplished numerous firsts and awards including: the all-time most consecutive welterweight title defenses, three-time consecutive Canadian Athlete of the Year Awards (‘08– ‘10) by Rogers Sportsnet, Fighter of the Year Awards (‘09) by Sports Illustrated, World MMA Awards, MMAPayout, Inside MMA and MMAJunkie, the “Most Dangerous Man of the Year “by the Spike Guys Choice Awards (‘10) and the MMA Fighter of the Year Award (‘08) by Black Belt Magazine. In 2017, St-Pierre defeated Bisping to become the Middleweight Champion and the fourth person in UFC history to become a champion in multiple divisions.
St-Pierre is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Way of the Fight. Released in 2013, the book shares the lessons he’s learned on the way to the top.