MONTREAL – Georges St-Pierre isn’t exactly a name you would associate with the word “dinosaur” – unless, of course, you’re starting the sentence with “strong like a…” — but that’s about to change.
The pro MMA fighter, and self-confessed nerd, has stepped out of the octagon and into the cretaceous period with his new show, The Boneyard, which draws on St-Pierre’s life-long obsession with paleontology.
“I try to be an apex predator in the octagon, but I go on a quest on this show to find out who is the all-time apex predator,” he told Global News Senior Anchor Jamie Orchard.
St-Pierre said he spends a lot of his time researching dinosaurs, making him the perfect host for the two-episode special.
When things get physical, let’s just say GSP didn’t have too much trouble taking down an alligator.
“We took an alligator to measure its bite force against a tyrannosaurus rex and it was very interesting,” he said.
“One of the guys almost got bitten – he could have died.”
The show isn’t just about the action, GSP heads to the badlands of South Dakota on a fossil dig to find out how certain dinosaurs would have hunted their prey.
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St-Pierre’s passion for the prehistoric also lends a hand to his healthy lifestyle.
His research allows him to balance his time and focus when training and fighting.
All the same, the semi-retired mixed martial artist wouldn’t reveal whether he’ll be returning to the octagon in the near future.
Tune in to Focus Montreal this weekend to see the full interview.
The Boneyard with Georges St-Pierre premieres on the History Channel on April 14 at 9 p.m.