Georges St-Pierre was born May 19, 1981 in Saint-Isidore, Quebec, to Jim and Louise St-Pierre. St-Pierre had a rough upbringing , attending a school where others would steal his clothing and money. He started learning Kyokushin karate at the early age of seven by his father and later by a Kyokushin Karate Master to help protect himself against a bully at school , Nikolas Mavrikos.
He took up wrestling and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu subsequently 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 in the South Shore called Fuzzy Brossard and as a garbageman for six months to pay for his school fees and to buy his MMA gear such as his MMA Shorts and MMA Gloves
St-Pierre has trained with a wide variety of peoplein a large selection of gyms throught his MMA career . Prior to his fight with B.J. Penn at UFC 58, he trained at the Renzo Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy in New York City. St-Pierre received 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 skilled MMA scrappers at Greg Jackson’s Submission Fighting Gaidojutsu school in New Mexico. Some of Jackson’s students accompanied St-Pierre to Montreal to help prepare him for his fight at UFC 94 against B.J. Penn at the Tristar Gym, including Keith Jardine, Nathan Marquardt, Donald Cerrone and Rashad Evans. Georges’ strength and conditioning coach is Jonathan Chaimberg of Adrenaline Performance Centre in Montral. Georges’ Head Trainer is Firas Zahabi of Zahabi MMA, out of the Tristar gym. The two have cornered all of St-Pierre’s most recent bouts and stay as his close friends. Presently, St-Pierre trains in Muay Thai under Phil Nurse at the Wat in The Big Apple .
St-Pierre had dreamed of becoming a UFC champion since watching Royce Gracie fight in 1993 at UFC 1. St-Pierre had his first amateur bout when he was only 16 years old. He said, “When I won my first amateur (MMA) fight, I was 16 years old and I beat a guy that was 25. I was only a Kyokushin karate fighter and the guy I fought was a boxer. At that point my ground skills weren’t the best , I didn’t know anything on the ground .” St-Pierre won his fight by KO , going low with several leg kicks and then going high with a kick to the head.
St-Pierre’s pro entry was against Branden MacFadden and the fight ended in a first round KO win by St-Pierre. In only his second fight, St-Pierre’s challenge for the UCC belt against Justin Bruckmann. He won by submission in the first round. He then went on to defend his title twice . The UCC aka worldwide Combat Challenge was then converted to TKO Major League MMA and he was called the champion. He fought on November 29, 2003 against Pete Spratt in a non-title bout at TKO 14. St-Pierre foiled Spratt with a rear naked choke in the very first round. Following his second win in the UFC, he faced Matt Hughes at UFC 50 for the vacant UFC Welterweight Championship. Despite a competitive performance against the much more experienced fighter, St-Pierre tapped out to an armbar with only 1 second remaining in the first round. The loss was the first of St-Pierre’s career and he has since admitted that he was in awe of Hughes going into the championship bout. Since then he has become one of the best fighters in the world. He gets paid by sponsors to have their logo on his MMA Shorts
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