Bully for him

JOSE RODRIGUEZ -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:44 AM ET

If it wasn't for the bullies in Montreal, UFC star Georges St. Pierre may very well be playing beer-league hockey in some dank rink.

"When I was about 10, a lot of older kids in school always tried to steal my clothes and my money," remembers St. Pierre.

St. Pierre was a good student, but his school in La Salle was home to one of the province's juvenile delinquent programs.

"It was a tough place. I had to defend myself almost every day," says St. Pierre.

Though he had been taking karate since he was seven, St. Pierre's family couldn't afford to keep him in both martial arts and hockey.

"My father told me I had to make a choice," says St. Pierre.

"I chose karate because I knew at school I would have to defend myself."

His martial arts training not only helped keep the thugs at bay, it launched a passion that morphed into a career.

And to this day, St. Pierre doesn't have much time for bullies.

"A lot of (other fighters) like trash talking," says St. Pierre.

"But the way my parents raised me, I always give respect to my opponents. Also, my English is not very good so I prefer to let my fists do the talking for me."


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