Recently UFC Women’s Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey spoke about welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre in an interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Rousey said that while respected St-Pierre as a businessman and an athlete, she was not a fan of his style of “point-fighting” and that welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre would not be as popular if he did not have his good looks.
“Dude, if GSP was butt ugly, you wouldn’t want to know who he is so much.’”
I have to admit that there have been times I would be watching a UFC event and St-Pierre’s face would appear on screen, only for some woman from across the bar to shout,” That’s my husband.”
I’m sure it was St-Pierre’s good looks helped him earn a second-round TKO stoppage over Matt Hughes to capture the UFC Welterweight title at UFC 65. It was his accent that catapulted him to defeat Hughes a second time and then avenge his loss to Matt Serra and win back the welterweight title in 2007.
Unless the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts have changed in the last month, there is nothing about how a fighter looks that contributes to whether they win or lose. St-Pierre has 23 wins on his mixed martial arts record and I’m pretty sure not one of them had to do with his good looks.
Rousey is no stranger to criticism regarding her fighting and her looks. Fighters and renowned MMA critics, like the guy who sat behind me at UFC on Fox 5, the same wise sage who shouting to Mauricio “Shogun” Rua to “be a man” in his fight with Alexander Gustafsson, have said that Rousey’s body is a main contributor to her success.
Let us forget her six impressive first-round submissions, all by armbar, or her ability to gain hype for a fight. It is her blond locks that defeated Miesha Tate back to win the Strikeforce title. It was her posing in the ESPN Body Magazine that earned her a UFC championship.
I can understand Rousey not being a fan of St-Pierre’s fight game. In the interview she talked about losing to fight point fighters during her days in judo. She is also a training partner of Nick Diaz, who is set to face St-Pierre for the belt in March.
It was not St-Pierre’s looks that won him the belt and kept him the champion just like it was Rousey’s abilities and style that brought her success.
Still I have to admit, St-Pierre is a good looking man.
What is your favorite feature of St-Pierre? … I mean, do you agree with Rousey? Answer with a comment below or send a tweet to @alstover with the hashtag #RantMMA.