Georges St-Pierre is fighting for redemption. The Montreal native was poised to become the biggest star in mixed martial arts when he lost the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight championship last April.
Matt Serra fights for respect. Even though the fast-talking New Yorker knocked out St-Pierre in their first fight, he figures to be an underdog in their rematch.
Both fighters stopped in Toronto yesterday to hype their April 19 title fight at Montreal's Bell Centre, their contrasting styles apparent even as they posed for photos.
The bout, St-Pierre's best chance to regain his status as one of the UFC's top attractions, will be the first event the fast-growing UFC has ever held in Canada.
The UFC claims 13,000 tickets were sold on Monday alone and president Dana White thinks the Montreal card will be the biggest in the organization's history.
St-Pierre, a fighter as elegant as he is explosive, wore a black pinstriped suit while Serra, whose relentless style suits his pit bull physique, dressed in jeans and a hooded sweatshirt.