According to sportsnet.ca, Georges "Rush" St. Pierre (GSP) was selected
by readers of the very popular sports website. The current UFC
welterweight champion won 89% of the votes in a week-long voting
process, beating other top competitors including hockey player Jarome
Iginla, Paralympian Chantal Petitclerc, tennis player Daniel Nestor and
baseball player Justin Morneau. GSP is scheduled to fight BJ Penn on
January 31st, 2009 at UFC 94. The bout will take place at the MGM
Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada–U.S.A.
Here’s a snip from St. Pierre himself:
"I want to congratulate the other nominees because they have done an
incredible job in their respective sports, making this an even more
special honour…I want to thank Rogers Sportsnet and (Sportsnet analyst Showdown) Joe
Ferraro for promoting the sport of MMA, because without them the sport
would not be as known as it is right now in Canada. I want to thank
everybody for their support and voting for me — I want to be a good
Canadian ambassador for the sport and represent MMA well."