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GSP, Fedor Emelianenko Honored at Home

Georges St-Pierre and Fedor Emelianenko received mainstream recognition this week, singled out as athlete of the year in their respective homelands.

For the second year in a row, St-Pierre was named Canada's Sportsnet Athlete of the Year. St-Pierre received 64% of the votes in the finals against Stanley Cup champion Sidney Crosby's 34%.

"Being nominated with a guy like Sidney Crosby, who is the best hockey player of nowadays, for me it's a great honor," St-Pierre said upon receiving the award (video below). "Especially in a country where hockey is king. It's good for me, but it's also good for sport of mixed martial arts."

The UFC welterweight champion fought twice in 2009, dominating BJ Penn and Thiago Alves in successful title defenses.

In a ceremony to honor Russia's top athletes, Fedor Emelianenko was honored as the best male athlete alongside top-ranked tennis player Svetlana Kuznetsova, who was the best female athlete of 2009. Over 500,000 votes were cast for the awards, according to Russia Today.

In 2009, Fedor reeled off a first-round knockout against Andrei Arlovski and introduced himself to mainstream American by stopping Brett Rogers live on CBS..

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