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Remembering Georges St-Pierre’s Inspirational Story Of How He Met His Childhood Bully And Changed His Life

Remembering Georges St-Pierre’s Inspirational Story Of How He Met His Childhood Bully And Changed His Life

UFC legend Georges St-Pierre once revealed how his brutally honest words to his childhood bully turned his life around.

The former UFC superstar, 38, had an illustrious career in combat sport and announced his retirement from MMA in February.

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But 'GSP' wasn't always one of the toughest fighters in history and was bullied when he was younger.

Speaking to Hot 97 in 2017, the Canadian star explained how he crossed paths with his old foe on the streets.

But the man who had bullied 'GSP' didn't enjoy the same success as the UFC legend as he was begging for money from passers-by.

"I don't know if he was homeless, but he was asking for money," the Canadian said.

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"When he saw me, he recognised me."

While the man didn't acknowledge his history with 'GSP' -- or couldn't remember it -- he asked him for help and St-Pierre responded: "Man, what are you doing here?

"You're a tall guy, you're good looking. What the hell?"

Credit: PA
Credit: PA
Credit: PA
Credit: PA

The former two-division UFC champ parted with some money to his childhood nemesis, but he continued to instil his words of motivation.

He explained: "I gave him a few dollars and I [told] him: 'Get out of here... you should be ashamed, you should be embarrassed of what you're doing, man. A lot of guys would kill to be like you. You know you're full of potential. You're good looking, healthy, tall and strong. Go do something with your life.'"

The bully would later visit St-Pierre's childhood home and spoke to his father, who said that his son had moved out.

But 'GSP' would learn from his family that the man had turned his life around and wanted to thank him for his help.

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Credit: PA

He said: "He went to my house where my parents live.

"He knocked on the door and he said: 'Can I talk to Georges?'

"He goes, 'Well, I met him a few months ago, and [he] said something to me to shake me up and I just want to say that he changed my life. Now I have a job and I'm doing well, and I want to say thank you. When you see him, tell him I said thank you.'"

Featured Image Credit: Hot 97/PA

Topics: UFC News, MMA News, Canada, MMA, GSP, Georges St-Pierre

Adnan Riaz

Adnan Riaz is a journalist for SPORTbible. He studied for a B.A. in History at the University of York and followed it up with an M.A. in Multimedia Journalism at MMU. Before he started writing about sports, he spent over four years in the gaming press. He has worked for several publications, including Hardcore Gamer, LADbible and the Manchester Evening News. Follow him on Twitter to find out what he is working on next. Got a story tip for Adnan? Email him: [email protected]

 

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