Canadian Blog House received a media invite to attend the special announcement by mixed martial arts legend Georges St-Pierre at the Canadian Museum of History. P
The Canadian Museum of History was recently the scene of a takedown when mixed martial a
For those not familiar with MMA, or mixed martial a
” A two-time former UFC Welterweight Champion and one-time Middleweight Champion, St-Pierre is the most successful Canadian to compete in mixed martial arts (MMA), a form of combat that combines wrestling, jiu‑jitsu and
My friend, photographer Alex Provencher (seen in the photo above with Georges St-Pierre), who practices Jiu Jitsu himself, attended the media event at the Canadian Museum of History on behalf of Canadian Blog House.
Alex, a huge fan of Georges St-Pierre, captured some fantastic photos of Georges at this press conference, including the prized photo of he and Georges together.
Here’s how it all went down according to Alex…
Mixed Martial Arts Legend Georges St-Pierre Clinches Another Spot In Canadian History
On January 31st, the Canadian Museum of History, located in Gatineau, Quebec, offered a very nice surprise to sports fans with the announcement of a significant addition to their collection.
This important acquisition was, in fact, the long-lost first Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight division belt ever won by mixed martial arts legend Georges St-Pierre.
After obtaining this prized belt, Georges, better known as GPS, offered it as a thank you to a former coach who had a positive impact on his career, and who was there for him from the beginning.
Rising To The Top
There was a time when this Canadian champion did not have the financial means to afford a coach, nor a gym membership. Witnessing Georges’ potential, his former coach allowed Georges to train with him in preparation for his fights – free of charge.
Following some unfortunate personal events, GPS’ former coach lost the legal possession of the iconic UFC belt.
A few years later, the black and gold piece was featured on a major auction website. The Canadian Museum of History managed to acquire this special collectors’ item at the auction. The museum made the decision to showcase Georges’ UFC belt to the general public, alongside
“It is with pride that we become the first institution to add to its collection memorabilia related to Georges St-Pierre, highlighting his outstanding career and the popularity of mixed martial arts in Canada. This belt helps us to tell the story of an inspiring and loved figure from the world of sport in Canada, then witnessing the evolution of mixed martial arts from brutal fighting to a sport with universal rules. “
– Mark O’Neill , President and CEO of the Museum of Canadian History
Canada’s Martial Artist
In front of a few hundred fans, mixed martial a
Visibly moved, Georges was incredibly grateful that they had found the belt he never thought he would see again. Georges stated that it was a real relief for him to know that the belt was now in good hands, and safe for a long time. He also stressed that it is an immense honour for him to have the belt on display to the public.