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Georges St. Pierre named 'Canadian Athlete of the Year' 2008 in landslide

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"It's an honour for me to have this award and being the first MMA guy to receive something like this. 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 everybody for their support and voting for me -- I want to be a good Canadian ambassador for the sport and represent MMA well."

UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre responds to being named the 2008 Canadian Athlete of the Year by voters in a week-long competition, defeating hockey player Jarome Iginla, Paralympian Chantal Petitclerc, tennis player Daniel Nestor and baseball player Justin Morneau. "Rush" received a resounding 89 percent of the votes. He will defend his 170-pound title at UFC 94: "St. Pierre vs. Penn 2" on January 31. For more on this award click here.