Jake Shields (left) tries to console UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre, who's upset that he lost to a male figure skater in the voting for "Canadian Male Athlete of the Year." Photo via Zuffa LLC/Getty Images.
Tough year for UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre.
Sure, "Rush" successfully defended his 170-pound title against Jake Shields at UFC 129 back in April, but he also blew out his knee and was named one of the "Most Overhyped Athletes of 2011" by his own countrymen.
That's not all.
Today (Dec. 28, 2011), it was revealed that St. Pierre was also beat out by figure skater Patrick Chan in the voting for "Canadian Male Athlete of the Year," an award he's bagged and tagged for three straight years.
Yahoo! Sports delivers the bad news:
Chan, who will turn 21 on New Year's Eve, received 102 points in voting conducted by Canadian sports editors and broadcasters. He easily beat off tennis player Milos Raonic (70) and UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre (66).
Hopefully they mean "P-Chiddy" beat out Raonic and St. Pierre. We certainly don't want to reinforce any negative stereotypes surrounding male figure skating.
Has St. Pierre's stock reached an all-time low?
Despite his nine fight winning streak, GSP is coming off four consecutive unanimous decision victories and hasn't finished a fight early since B.J. Penn threw in the towel way back at UFC 94 in Jan. 2009.
Could a violent finish in his next fight -- which may not be until late 2012 -- do anything to reverse his declining popularity?
What say you?