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Georges St-Pierre crucial to success of Octagon

By Trevor Dueck, 24 hours Vancouver

Georges St-Pierre (right) and Nick Diaz at Bell Centre for UFC-158, March 17, 2013. (QMI AGENCY)

Georges St-Pierre (right) and Nick Diaz at Bell Centre for UFC-158, March 17, 2013. (QMI AGENCY)

Please excuse the lack of MMA news this week — I just want to spend some words thanking the readers of 24 hours by giving away something cool relating to Georges St-Pierre.

You’ve heard of St-Pierre, right? Possibly the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world of MMA. UFC president Dana White considers St-Pierre Canada’s most famous athlete — bigger than even Wayne Gretzky. Sacrilege, you say? When you factor in the welterweight champion’s global reach, White just might be correct.

St-Pierre certainly is crucial to the UFC. The circuit badly missed him when he missed a year with a knee injury. The Octagon was re-energized when he returned, as shown by the huge audience for his March dismantling of Nick Diaz on home soil. That victory — GSP’s 18th in the Octagon — tied him with Matt Hughes for most-ever in the UFC.

Now NOS Energy Drink is running a contest in which the lucky winner gets a chance to get beat up ... er ... train with GSP in Montreal. The company has given me a pretty sweet GSP prize pack for a lucky reader. It includes NOS merchandise, a GSP Rushfit DVD, a signed GSP t-shirt and more.

To enter this contest you’ll need a Twitter account and you must follow @NosEnergyDrink, @24hoursvan and @tdueckMMA.

Then, Tweet out the following: “I want to win @24hoursvan @NosEnergyDrink GSP Prize pack #tdueckmmaswag.”

Make sure you use the hash tag #tdueckmmaswag and on May 24, I will put everyone’s name in a virtual hat and randomly choose a winner. The winner will be announced in this column on May 27. You can’t win if you don’t enter, so get on your smart phones and computers and get tweeting. If you don’t win this prize pack, you can always enter to win the grand prize, which includes a one-hour training session with GSP in Montreal, accommodations, travel and spending money (total value of approximately $10,000).

Just go to for more information on how you can enter.

As a side note, please get out and vote. Whether you vote NDP, Liberal, Green, Conservatives or independent, get your butt into a polling station on May 14 and get ‘er done. It’s your right and responsibility to vote. Go to for more information.

Trevor is the host of MMASucka Radio heard on You can follow him @tdueckMMA.





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