Georges St-Pierre: Life Away from the OctagonWednesday, October 29, 2014 21:40
What has Georges St-Pierre been up to outside the ring?
Georges St-Pierre: Life Away from the Octagon
It’s been an interesting last 12 months for Georges St-Pierre to say the least. After vacating his UFC welterweight title after beating Johnny Hendricks on points in 2013, the Canadian mixed martial artists has gone on to feature in a movie, undergo ACL surgery and also continued to pursue another love of his, poker.
After featuring in Death Warrior and Never Surrender, this year’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier was St-Pierre’s third feature film. Following on from that he then had to endure his second ACL surgery, this time on his left knee. Although St-Pierre has never actually said whether he would return to the UFC he did recently tell MMA journalist David St. Martin that the surgery wouldn’t affect his decision, and isn’t career threatening.
The interesting thing about this year of inactivity regarding MMA for St-Pierre is that it doesn’t seem to be bothering him. Although he sometimes corners his teammates at events, his demeanor shows that this break from the sport is a welcomed one, and has allowed him to focus on other pursuits that he enjoys.
The Canadian hasn’t been shy about professing his love for poker in the past. He made his bow at the world’s biggest poker stage in Vegas back in 2012. Although he was eliminated on Day 1 of the tournament he did catch the poker bug. Since then St-Pierre has featured at a host of charity poker events and also some Canadian events.
He’s not alone either, as fellow MMA fighter Martin Kampmann has also mixed it with the best the world of poker has to offer. The Danish fighter has even won a notable tournament, when he won this year’s NV Poker Challenge taking home $52,000 in winnings. And if you think about it’s a good way for the likes of Kampmann and St-Pierre to keep their names relevant while they aren’t competing in MMA.
Since the first casino portal InterCasino was launched in 1996, couple with the rise of poker greats like Phil Ivey and Daniel Negreanu, the sport has commanded primetime television slots and made many household names because of the increasing popularity of the sport. Poker has become a much-coveted profession and one that propels many into the limelight, so St-Pierre couldn’t have picked a better sport to keep the GSP brand relevant.
As many of us MMA fans wait with bated breath to see if the prodigal son returns to the sport, it is however quite interesting to watch how the other parts of his life unfold. One thing is for sure, he is certainly enjoying his time away from the octagon and he’s definitely not short of options.
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