GSP to Face Pro Hockey Player in Grappling Match

In what can be considered a little like a throwback to the early UFCs, a segment this Friday on TSN's Off The Record will answer the "what if" question of how a No. 1 welterweight fighter in the world would fare against a much heavier pro hockey player.

TSN reports that Georges St-Pierre and former Montreal Canadiens forward Georges Laraque have agreed to a friendly grappling match at the Tristar gym in Montreal.

St-Pierre, currently without a scheduled bout, is walking around at 190 pounds. He'll give up a considerable size advantage as Laraque weighs closer to 270 pounds.

"First we will do a wrestling match, because he believes that he is going to be able to put me down at will, and I believe that I am going to be able to put him down at will," St-Pierre told TSN. "On the ice I would never go against him, he's going to beat me and I agree with that 100 percent, but on the floor I have no problem."

Laraque believes his weight advantage will offset St-Pierre's strength in wrestling. Despite no collegiate wrestling experience, St-Pierre is considered one of the best wrestlers in MMA and last year made news when he said he was considering a run for a spot in the 2012 Olympics.

"The problem is Georges believes I am like a tomato can you can grab at the supermarket and you can lift it and do what you want," St. Pierre said. "He's going to find out that it's not that easy."

Laraque, 33, has played hockey professionally since 1993 and spent the last two seasons with the Montreal Canadiens.

St-Pierre's next MMA fight will be a title defense against Josh Koscheck later this year after the two complete their coaching roles on The Ultimate Fighter 12.

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