Ufc Welterweight Title Hunt:st. Pierre Vs. Hughes?
UFC Welterweight Title Hunt:
St. Pierre vs. Hughes?
By Loretta Hunt
23-year-old French Canadian fighter Georges St. Pierre has an important decision to make in the next few days. The talented welterweight, who made quite an impression on fans just three weeks ago with a sharp stand-up dismantling of opponent Jay Hieron at UFC 48, says he’s been offered a fight with former champion Matt Hughes for the vacant UFC welterweight title sometime in October. No contracts have been signed, and although the 7-0 newcomer has voiced some reservations about facing off against such experienced 34-4-0 opposition so early on in his career, he also concedes it might be an opportunity to good to pass up.
A 2nd degree black belt in Kyokushin Karate, as well as a black belt in Japanese Ju-Jitsu, St. Pierre is a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Nova Uniao’s Wagnney Fabiano and Brazilian Top Team’s Fabio Holanda. He has studied boxing and Muay Thai for the last year and a half and began wrestling with the Canadian National team three years ago. Nicknamed "Rush" for his explosive fighting style, St. Pierre currently trains alongside fellow MMA stands-outs David Loiseau and Ivan Menjivar.
With a solid ground and pound debut against a tricky, judo-infused Karo Parisyan at UFC 46 paving the way for his return to the Octagon two shows later, St. Pierre has already displayed a promising range of skills. But, will it be enough for stalwart wrestler Hughes? "I have to establish a good strategy and train hard," the always-polite Quebec native commented of the proposed match-up. "I think that I’m going to do pretty well."
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CombatZone 7: The Gravel Pit
July 10, 2004 @ Club Lido, Revere, MA
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Next Show: CombatZone 8, October 2, 2004 @ Club Lido, Revere (MA)