UFC mixed martial artist Georges St. Pierre was named Canada’s Athlete of the year by Sportnet.ca. Beating out many hockey players for this award, GSP is the first ever MMA fighter to be named athlete of the year.
“It’s an honour for me to have this award and being the first MMA guy to receive something like this … I want to congratulate the other nominees because they have done an incredible job in their respective sports, making this an even more special honour.
“I want to thank Rogers Sportsnet and (Sportsnet analyst Showdown) Joe Ferraro for promoting the sport of MMA, because without them the sport would not be as known as it is right now in Canada. I want to thank everybody for their support and voting for me — I want to be a good Canadian ambassador for the sport and represent MMA well.”