The year of 2009 has pretty much come and passed us by and we've been handing out all types of top awards for KO's, Submissions, Best And Worst fights in 2009. The time has come to crown MMA4Real's 2009 fighter of the year. This year it goes to a fighter that not only proved his mettle against the best competition. He also began paving the way for fighters to transcend all types of boundaries never thought possible for MMA fighters just a couple of years ago. I'm talking about none other than UFC welterweight champion George St. Pierre.
It was another banner year for the Canadian, as he went undefeated inside the octagon for the second year in a row. He absolutely destroyed BJ Penn at UFC 94, headlining the event that generated near 800,000 PPV buys. Then at UFC 100, he obliterated the #2 welterweight(at the time) Thiago Alves even though he suffered torn groin muscle halfway thru the fight that kept him sidelined the rest of the year. He along with Brock Lesnar helped power that event to over 1.5 million PPV buys, which is a record for any MMA card.
However, it was outside of the cage where GSP probably made the most impact in regards to the sport of MMA and his fellow fighters. He was the first MMA fighter to star in a Gatorade commercial that aired in Canada. He also signed a multi-year deal to become the face of the athletic apparel company "Under Armour". It was also announced that he would star in a 3D movie with fellow Canadian David Loiseau. He was also on the alternate cover for the hit MMA video game UFC Undisputed 2009. Finally, he was named the Canadian male athlete of the year.
George St. Pierre is the mold that other fighters should try and emulate. He's always well dressed, respectful, and an absolute beast inside the cage. There are probably a couple of fighters that could match what GSP has done inside the cage this year. However, when you look at the big picture and what he's been able to accomplish as a whole? I don't think anyone can compare with that.