Was ‘Falcon and Winter Soldier’ Star Georges St-Pierre Actually a Good UFC Fighter?

Former MMA fighter Georges St-Pierre has reunited with a fandom that may have plenty of members who are indifferent to sports. 

St-Pierre has used his fighting frame to land several acting roles, often as an intimidating brute. His newest role is in Disney’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, a show taking place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 

For some, St-Pierre was an MMA fighter. But for others, he’s Georges Batroc, an antagonist who often creates problems for the Avengers. 

Georges St-Pierre is in ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’

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Georges St-Pierre is back fighting on television screens, even if he’s not in the octagon.

St-Pierre, a former MMA fighter, has also dabbled in acting over the years. In 2014, he played Georges Batroc, a mercenary who squared off with Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Although Evans is no longer in Marvel movies or shows, the same can’t be said for St-Pierre. The 39-year-old St-Pierre reprised his role as Batroc in the pilot episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, a miniseries on Disney+.

St-Pierre isn’t the first ex-athlete who has recently appeared in a Disney show. Former Pro Bowl running back Thomas Jones appeared in eight episodes across two seasons of Luke Cage as Comanche, a supporting antagonist.

Another ex-MMA fighter, Gina Carano, starred in the first two seasons of The Mandalorian, a Star Wars show. Disney parted ways with Carano earlier this year after she made offensive posts on social media.

St-Pierre is a UFC legend who retired in 2019

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It made sense that Georges Batroc could hold his own against Captain America, even if only briefly, considering how successful Georges St-Pierre was in the octagon.

From 2002-17, St-Pierre went 26-2 as a professional mixed martial artist. St-Pierre most recently fought in November 2017, when he defeated Michael Bisping in a technical submission at UFC 217.

St-Pierre won his final 13 fights before he stepped away for health reasons. It was announced in May 2020 that St-Pierre would be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame’s Modern Wing.

Could Georges St-Pierre return to UFC soon?

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Over three years since his most recent fight, Georges St-Pierre doesn’t sound like a man who intends to revive his MMA career.

In a December 2020 interview with Sportsnet, St-Pierre admitted that his chances of a comeback are “very, very small.” 

“If you ask me in the middle of training, I’ll be like ‘Hell yeah, bring it on. I’ll do it.’ Then after I go home, I’m like ‘I’m too old for this.’ Going back into a drama and stuff, it will be a lot of things to consider — the weight class, where is it, when is it?”

Before his 2017 victory in UFC 217, St-Pierre hadn’t fought since November 2013. 

If an MMA comeback isn’t in the cards, St-Pierre might be able to get his kicks as a recurring antagonist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Every superhero needs a grunt to continuously fight for information and to appease the audience.

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