If you’ve ever wondered who the top star in the UFC is just ask Dana White. The UFC President believes it’s none other that UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, who will headline the upcoming UFC 129 show in Toronto in late April.
The charismatic champion has stormed to the top of the welterweight rankings while also becoming a leading spokesman for brands like Under Armour and Gatorade.
St-Pierre has also been voted “Canadian Athlete of the Year” three years in a row, but despite his legendary status in his home country, White says they didn’t need him to have a successful show in Toronto, but it’s a very nice bonus.
“I don’t know if you remember leading up to this fight, I was saying we don’t need to go into Toronto with Georges St-Pierre headlining. Obviously, if you have Georges St-Pierre headlining it doesn’t suck, but it worked out that way and here he is,” White commented.
“Look at the UFC, and one of the great things about the UFC is how many stars we do have. How many guys headline pay-per-views? We went up into Montreal with 2 Brazilians headlining the card. We’ve been in L.A. with Brazilians headlining the card, we’ve been to England with B.J. Penn headlining a card before, people love everybody in the UFC.”
With a roster of fighters that include names like Brock Lesnar, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, B.J. Penn and others, White believes that St-Pierre is the biggest draw in the sport all over the world.
“Georges St-Pierre, if you look at our top three superstars, I would call Georges St-Pierre No. 1. I literally think and all that stuff that started with (Wayne) Gretzky, I’m telling you right now, I’m going to say it again up here to you guys and eventually it will sink in, this guy is a monster, a superstar,” said White.
“Not just here. If I was headlining with Georges St-Pierre in Toronto, Egypt, Poland, it doesn’t matter. This guy is a huge superstar all over the world.”
St-Pierre has shown his drawing power while headlining cards in Canada and the United States, and would likely get big crowds and numbers in any country he visits. He even commented before his fight with Josh Koscheck that he had the largest gathering of fans in the Philippines.
There’s no denying St-Pierre’s crossover and worldwide appeal, and even the UFC President is now calling GSP the biggest star in MMA.