Possibly the most dynamic mixed-martial arts (MMA) fighter of his time and certainly the most popular Canadian MMA fighter around, Georges St-Pierre (aka GSP) has launched into international superstardom before our very eyes.
Now you can go behind-the-scenes with the fan favourite in the upcoming documentary, Takedown: The DNA of GSP. Distributed in Canada by Remstar Films, the biopic is sure to strike a chord with fight fans across the nation, who will get an in-depth look at the life of the highly-coveted champion outside of the octagon for the first time.
A unique visual work of art, the film follows the path of a lone wolf, whose life and beliefs are greatly influenced by Eastern philosophies. After being bullied at school, GSP took to martial arts disciplines to defend himself, and despite his hardships, has remained level headed since. The St-Isidore, Que. native has continued to take the high road even in his professional career, rarely engaging in barking matches with opponents. Whether it is known trash-talker and rival Nick Diaz (who almost got to GSP), or UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey, GSP has always chosen to turn the other cheek.
St. Pierre has mastered the art of mentally defeating his opponents, never getting frustrated during a fight. When you think he is going to punch, he goes for a take down. When it’s obvious he will throw a leg kick, he jabs. Furthermore, his mindset works for him just as well outside the cage as it does inside. Each time GSP has suffered a loss, he has come back stronger and a more complete fighter.
The film showcases how important the psyche is of a world class athlete like St. Pierre. Especially now, with GSP taking a break from the spotlight (but not necessarily retiring) we will get to see how much mental wear-and-tear the champ really endured leading up to this point.
However, despite the pressures of being the top Canadian fighter, face of the UFC, a target for media and a target for anti-violence groups, GSP has always persevered.
Produced by Emmy-winner Neil Lucas (Life and Planet Earth) the film has a wide, majestic scope as it follows the poster boy of the most controversial sport of our time.
– Andrew Chapados | photos by Will Lew