Georges St-Pierre may be on his way out as far as a fighting career is concerned, but that doesn't mean his opinion isn't important. The dude is still a legend and one of the pioneers of the sport.
So, when he endorsed a teen from Texas with a similar fighting style to his own as the next budding star of the UFC, I listened. Who am I talking about, you ask? 19-year-old Sage Northcutt, a fighter with a karate background who says GSP was one of his inspirations and made him want to start fighting professionally.
Check out some of the glowing remarks GSP had for Northcutt...
"He's very good. He's a very good athlete, great raw talent. Now with technique, and he's surrounded himself with great people, his dad, and has a karate background. I think he's going to be great. He's got a great future, a good work ethic, he seems to have a lot of pride, he's a very proud person, which is very important, that's what makes you strong, I think he's going to be a great fighter."
Northcutt is a solid 6-0 and his next opponent, Cody Pfister, should be an interesting challenge. The two fight in Las Vegas in a couple days, on December 10th at UFC Fight Night 80.
GSP wanted to iterate, though, that Sage Northcutt and GSP may be similar, but they are different fighters. People are often quick to compare athletes to other past greats, but in this case, St-Pierre urges us not to...
"Sage Northcutt is Sage Northcutt. Georges St-Pierre is Georges St-Pierre. I'm good at what I do, he's good at what he does. We are different people."
I'm excited to see this young buck in the Octagon. Are you?