There’s no question UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre is one of the company’s biggest stars. He’s a huge PPV draw, gets worldwide recognition, and has established himself as a pound-for-pound great by beating the bulk of his opponents in impressive fashion.
However, St-Pierre’s status doesn’t mean he’s beloved by all. In fact, it turns out one of GSP’s title-holding peers isn’t a huge fan of his work.
“I respect Georges St. Pierre as a businessman and an athlete. I don’t have anything against him personally. But he’s not the kind of fighter I like watching,” said bantamweight Ronda Rousey in a recent interview with the Las Vegas Review Jounrnal. “He fights to win matches. He doesn’t fight to defeat his opponents.”
St-Pierre has received criticism in the past for not putting foes away. The 23-2 champ is currently on a ten-fight winning streak including a submission and two TKOs in the bunch with the most recent coming by way of corner’s stoppage (against B.J. Penn) in 2009.
Though Rousey, who has finished every opponent she’s faced thus far in her young career, doesn’t necessarily enjoy watching St-Pierre perform she thinks she understands the root of his popularity. Unfortunately, it has nothing to do with his success in the Octagon but rather a few factors unrelated to in-ring ability.
“Everybody keeps coming up to me and saying, ‘Oh, do you think if you didn’t look such a way, people would like you so much?’ I’m like, ‘Dude, if GSP was butt ugly, you wouldn’t want to know who he is so much,’” explained Rousey, adding, “I think he lucked out a lot that he’s Canadian. I love Canadians. They are the coolest, nicest, most patriotic people, and they will support their countrymen no matter what, and I think that’s commendable.”
“But if GSP wasn’t really good-looking, and really Canadian, he would be really unknown,” she concluded.
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