In general, life must be pretty good if you’re George St-Pierre; long-time Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight champion and one of the most recognisable faces in MMA, even to those who aren’t fans of the sport.
He’s quite the sex symbol too. Ask women what they know about MMA and the UFC and chances are they’ll say GSP, the initials of the Canadian fighter to which he is better known. The 32-year-old’s athletic body and French-Canadian accent seems to put him on the radars of women everywhere.
Even the best of us have not so good days, though, as GSP experienced at Day 1b of this year’s WSOP Main Event. St-Pierre, who has an MMA record of 24 wins and 2 losses, was eliminated just before the end of the second starting flight after losing two major hands in quick succession.
In the first such hand, GSP’s Pocket Kings were busted after his opponent hit a two pair on the flop with Ace Five, putting the Welterweight down to less than 10,000 chips. He then lost them all as he attempted to double up with Ten Six suited, but hit nothing on the board to bust out on one of the final hands of the night.
It was not the result St-Pierre wanted, but he did acknowledge that he needed to improve if his poker career was ever going to mirror his prowess in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts. “I am known as a very disciplined fighter, but also a very undisciplined poker player,” the two-time UFC champion said. “That’s what I’m working on; I need to be more disciplined.”
At least the early exist gives GSP a few more days training for his next bout, which was announced by the UFC on Saturday evening. St-Pierre will defend his belt against American hard hitter Johny Hendricks on November 16 in Las Vegas.
Other fellow sportspeople who made it to the next phase of the WSOP Main Event are FC Barcelona football star Gerard Pique and Australian cricket legend Shane Warne.