‘He Was So Freaking Fast’- Georges St-Pierre Details How Hard It Was to Fight BJ Penn in his Prime

Published 04/14/2021, 6:30 AM EDT


Former two-division UFC champion, Georges St-Pierre, spoke to Joe Rogan on a recent episode of ‘The Joe Rogan Experience’ podcast. ‘Rush’ went in on several topics related to his MMA career as well as happenings within the sport. Georges St-Pierre has seen it all and has a wealth of experience when breaking down the inner workings of the fight game.

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Although St-Pierre is out of the rotation when it comes to active competition, he’s still a part of the fabric of MMA. The Canadian fighter has a large social media presence and continues to stay up to date with fights. He’s made several appearances on Rogan’s platform and always provides a fresh perspective on living the life of a fighter.

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Georges St-Pierre turns back the clock

‘GSP’ sat down with Rogan and pulled back the curtain to one of his break-out fights that took place early in his career. Chiefly, the contest in question was against former lightweight kingpin, BJ Penn, when the two fought back in 2006. St-Pierre detailed certain behind-the-scenes trials he went through when squaring off against Penn.

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 04: Georges St-Pierre of Canada fights Michael Bisping of England in their UFC middleweight championship bout during the UFC 217 event at Madison Square Garden on November 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

“If you watch my first fight with BJ Penn, I had a horrible first round, and that fight was very competitive all the way to the end you, know, a very tight fight… Normally when I was competing, I used to always be the fastest guy. When I fought BJ Penn, he was so freaking fast. He was in his prime… Normally when I go first, I always touch the target but BJ Penn, I couldn’t touch him.”

“He was so fast, my jab didn’t work because he was always avoiding it and coming back with a counter-punch or counter jab. He messed me up real fast… I had to change my strategy to wrestle him. I won the fight by an inch.”

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Rush’ has faced his fair share of challenges inside the cage, and it’s fascinating to hear his thought process to overcome adversity. His victory over BJ Penn via split decision opened the door to a second fight that took place in 2009. St-Pierre went on to win the rematch via fourth-round TKO, thus showcasing his ability to adapt and evolve.

How well do you remember their first fight?

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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