Once upon a time, former NBA great Charles Barkley uttered the now infamous phrase ‘I’m not a role model’.
The rotund rebound machine went on to say that just because he dunks a basketball doesn’t mean he should raise your kids.
Well, UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre may punch people in the face for a living, but according to UFC President Dana White, he’s a perfect role model and representative for mixed martial arts.
St-Pierre’s name came up as a result of White saying he believed UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar was the No. 2 pound-for-pound fighter in the world, which would bump GSP back to No. 3.
White defended St-Pierre as well however, but went onto say that the Canadian’s other attributes make him the model for a great athlete and representative for the sport of MMA.
“He’s a professional, he’s always in shape, he does everything he’s supposed to do, you couldn’t meet a nicer guy,” said White.
“You couldn’t ask for a better role model, you couldn’t ask for a better representative of the sport.”
St-Pierre has always stayed humble when subjects like being a role model come up, but with another title fight looming in just a few weeks, the famous Canadian will once again hit the main stage and a lot of people will be watching him do it.
Check out what Dana White had to say about GSP recently: