Georges St-Pierre, UFC Hall of Famer, He wasn’t always respected in Canada during his legendary career in combat sports.
During a recent appearance on Paddy Pimblett’s Chattin’ Pony podcast, St-Pierre explained how his rematch win against Matt Serra changed perception what was of it.
My favorite fight is my first fight in Montreal, when I have been able to fight for the UFC in front of my family, fans and friends. “This was my second fight with Matt Serra,” said St-Pierre. “To me, it was the loudest crowd I’ve ever seen. I couldn’t even hear Bruce Puffer announcing to us in the middle of the arena…”
“at that time, Journalists didn’t respect me… After that night, a change happened. People started to respect me as a real athlete. Before that, it was very difficult for me at home. They didn’t see me as a legitimate athlete… But I think the fact that the UFC came to Montreal helped the sport a lot.”
St-Pierre losing to Serra at UFC 69 It is considered one of the biggest upsets in UFC history. In his rematch, at UFC 79, he introduced Serra to his native country. St-Pierre stops the fight, however He did not rule out a possible return to charity. He also hinted at a possible boxing debut, though nothing has materialized in recent years.
St-Pierre is an absolute great personHis victory over Serra earned him the enormous respect of the Canadian people.