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Being bullied as a kid in school, Georges St-Pierre, better known as GSP and nicknamed "Rush" is an example of how you can overcome the difficulties of childhood and succeed at whatever you put your mind to. When Beyond the Cage sat down with GSP at his gym in Canada, we learned what a gentleman he truly is.
He began learning Jiu-Jitsu at 7 years old to defend himself against a bully who would steal his clothes and his money, but really became inspired to become a UFC champion after watching Royce Gracie fight in UFC 1 in 1993.
He competed in and won his first amateur bout in 1997 at age 16. He continued compiling wins all the way to 2006, when he became the UFC Welterweight Champion. He lost the title in 2007, but regained in 2008 in front of his hometown fans in Montreal.
GSP remains the current Welterweight Champion of the UFC. He is ranked as the number one Welterweight in the world according to Sherdog, MMAWeekly and numerous other publications. He is ranked the number two pound for pound fighter by ESPN sports and Yahoo! Sports. He holds notable wins over Josh Koscheck (2x), Matt Hughes (2x), Jake Shields, B.J. Penn (2x), Jon Fitch, Thiago Alves, Sean Sherk and Frank Trigg.
Throughout his fighting career, GSP has trained with a number of groups in several gyms. Prior to his fight with B.J. Penn at UFC 58, he trained at the Renzo Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy in New York City. In 2006, he received his brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from Renzo Gracie, and in 2008, he earned his black belt in BJJ under Bruno Fernandes.
A true ambassador of the sport of MMA, GSP traveled to the Philippines in 2010 to promote Mixed Martial Arts to the Filipinos.
He was also a trainer on Spike TV's The Ultimate Fighter 4: The Comeback, which featured fighters who were previously seen in UFC events including Matt Serra, Shonie Carter, Pete Sell, Patrick Côté, and Travis Lutter.
His recent accolades include being named Fighter of the Year in 2009 by Sports Illustrated, MMAPayout.com, Inside MMA in HDNet, MMAJunkie.com, and at the Fighters Only World MMA Awards. He also received Sportsnet's Canadian Athlete of the Year for the second time and was the runner up for the Lionel Conacher Award – this was the first time an MMA fighter has ever been nominated for the award, which is presented to the Canadian athlete of the year.
Beyond the Cage is privileged to be able to offer you the opportunity to own incredible artwork featuring GSP in never-before-seen images by photographer Eric Williams. Both Mr. Williams and Mr. St-Pierre have signed the artwork giving it their seal of approval.