Imagine selling over 55,000 seats inside the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada to set a North American MMA attendance record, only to have a website in your homeland dub you as one of 2011’s most overhyped athletes. That’s exactly where UFC welterweight king Georges St-Pierre (Pictured) stands with Canadian news outlet SportsNet.ca.
According to the site, GSP and nine other athletes failed to live up to their hoopla over the last calendar year. While they noted the French-Canadian’s recent string of injuries as playing a part in his addition to the unfavorable list, it appears St-Pierre’s inability to finish off inferior opponents was the primary reason for his inclusion in the club.
“He went the full five rounds with Jake Shields [at UFC 129] in what was more of a clinic on how not to lose a fight than actually win it,” Perry Lefko wrote. “Yes, GSP had problems seeing out of one eye because of a shot in the fight, but we’ve seen fighters with far bigger issues turn it up a notch.
“It was boring at best and continued a pattern of St-Pierre going the full distance without delivering the knockout blow or submission.”
His April victory over Shields marked his ninth straight win, which includes six consecutive title defenses. However, the 30-year-old’s past four W’s have been of the unanimous decision variety.
Ironically, exactly one year ago to the day of Lefko’s article, St-Pierre was voted as Canadian Athlete of the Year for the third time in a row.
LeBron James, Tiger Woods, Kris Humphries, Tim Tebow, Danica Patrick, Alexander Ovechkin, Floyd Mayweahter Jr., Yu Darvish and Andrew Luck also made the VIP list.