UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre was a recent guest on CNN to talk about bullying. “Rush” was bullied as a kid in grade school and believes the threats helped push him towards a career in MMA because it got him motivated to learn how to defend himself.
“Yeah, I was (bullied),” St-Pierre said in the interview. “It was a long time ago. I was in school growing up and that’s why I started doing martial arts; to defend myself.”
St-Pierre has a foundation set up to help with bullying. He also talked in the interview about wishing he could seek out his past torturers and teach them a lesson, though it seems perhaps a reluctant “thank you” could be in order considering his overall success.
Currently GSP is rehabbing from knee surgery. He is scheduled to unify the title with Carlos Condit‘s interim belt upon his return, tentatively in November.
You can view the entire interview with St-Pierre below:
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