Georges St. Pierre participating in this year’s World Series of Poker

UFC welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre appears to be ready to return to the cage sooner than expected…just not inside the Octagon where he typically makes his living. While the fan-favorite remains sidelined while recovering from knee surgery, the 30-year old recently signed on to play in the World Series of Poker this summer as a representative for 888 Poker where he’ll attempt to raise money for charity in addition to satisfying his drive to compete.

“I have wanted to play poker for a while now as it is a great game of skill,” said St. Pierre at a press conference promoting his partnership with the brand. “It is not just your cards versus my cards; it is you versus your opponent. However, the most important aspect of my partnership with 888 Poker is that we are going to generate a great deal of money for my foundation that dedicates its efforts towards anti-bullying causes.”

St. Pierre has been a longtime advocate of raising awareness regarding bullying, admitting he first got involved with martial arts after experiencing severe mistreatment from his peers as a youth.

The MMA world is no stranger to the poker table with avid enthusiasts including Mike Swick, Chuck Liddell, Randy Couture, and Bruce Buffer.

“Rush” is still expected to return to the Octagon in November for a match-up with interim champion Carlos Condit.

PHOTO CREDIT – UFC

MMATraining Take: Kudos to St. Pierre for his charitable intentions. It’s nice to see a professional fighter speak out against bullying, showing that there’s a fine line between being tough and picking on someone weak.

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