UFC Champion George St-Pierre’s Return to BJJ

UFC Champion George St-Pierre’s Return to BJJ

Georges St-Pierre is scheduled to compete at UFC Fight Pass Invitational 6 on December 14, 2023. This news was made public on July 6 on the official UFC Twitter handle. The name of St-Pierre’s opponent hasn’t been revealed yet.

St-Pierre is a former MMA fighter who remained UFC’s two-division champion, UFC Welterweight and Middleweight Champion. He has been defeated only twice in his whole MMA career, one by submission and one via knockout. Matt Hughes submitted St-Pierre by armbar and it was Matt Serra that defeated St-Pierre by TKO punches. He is a 3rd-dan black belt in Kyokushin karate, a  black belt in Gaidojutsu, black belt in Shotokan and 1st-degree black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Bruno Fernandez. St-Pierre is also an actor who starred in the movie, “Captain America, The Winter Soldier”. He has worked in other famous movies such as “Death Warrior”, “Never Surrender”, “Kickboxer: Vengeance” and others.

St-Pierre, despite retiring from the MMA competitive circle, never truly left training in MMA. St-Pierre retired from MMA on February 21, 2021 as the reigning UFC Welterweight Champion. His last fight was at UFC 217, where St-Pierre became the UFC Middleweight Champion. St-Pierre, also known as GSP, even competed in the ADCC invitational championship. He never left training even after entering Hollywood. His social media is filled with his pictures and videos of training in the gym.

Recently, the former UFC champion is making waves in BJJ where he is returning to compete in a grappling match. The bout is going to be a No-Gi match. The UFC Hall of Famer regularly trains with the 6th-degree BJJ black belt, John Danaher, at the New Wave Jiu Jitsu.

The ruleset of the match is similar to the EBI ruleset. The fight is set to premiere on UFC Fight Pass. Grappling is not a new sport to St-Pierre. He has a record of 1-1 at the 2005 ADCC World Championship. In a youtube video, St-Pierre said that efficiency matters the most when it comes to fighting that is why he is building stamina and strength for his upcoming grappling match

“When I retired I was training. I needed some. I like the kick of competition. I like to get it back and I like to feel the adrenaline again and I think it's also an avenue for fighters. We still want to compete to make money. It is a different competition for me and the level of competition is elite.”

(George St- Pierre)

Photo Credits: @georgesstpierre

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