MMA fans ridiculed a statue unveiled in honor of UFC legend Georges St-Pierre after the fighter was photographed alongside her in Canada, with many expressing their surprise at what they thought was a recreation of Barack Obama.
In a response that evoked the reception once given to a bewildered statue that was supposed to show football star Cristiano Ronaldo, readers didn’t share the admiration for the work he initially received after being featured by a UFC Quebec page.
Reproducing a photo of the 40-year-old former welterweight champion posing with his supposed resemblance, MMA journalist Ariel Helwani, who was born in the same French-speaking city of Montreal as GSP, wrote: “That’s amazing. Bravo, Georges.”
But not everyone agreed with the quality of the tribute, with many preferring to scoff at it.
“Why does the GSP statue look like Barack Obama?” another asked, mentioning the former president of the United States.
“Why is my guy standing next to an Obama statue?” put another gambler who noticed the involuntary resemblance.
“This statue looks like anything but GSP,” said a more severe critic.
The grappler himself was evidently moved, writing on Instagram: “I am very moved by this honor that the municipality of my childhood granted me.
“I hope that Place GSP will be a space of inspiration and meeting for all generations and a symbol of perseverance, especially for young people who have big dreams.”
Many respected figures in the sport joined the conversation, including former middleweight king Chris Weidman and current heavyweight ruler Francis Ngannou, who wrote in French: “[I’m] very happy for you my brother.
“The Place GSP will undoubtedly be a symbol of perseverance and above all determination, because the GSP itself is a symbol of faith and hope for this generation and for future ones.”
“This should have been done a long time ago,” joked one fan, calling St-Pierre the greatest martial artist of all time.
But one football fan drew comparisons to a horrific flaw once made in honor of Portuguese icon Cristiano Ronaldo.
Installed at the airport on his native island, Madeira, Ronaldo proudly spoke of his homeland at its inauguration.
Later released from the so-called “RIP Legend”, its creator, Emanuel Santos, stated that – similar to GSP – Ronaldo was an admirer of his honor and “he just asked to change some wrinkles that give him a certain expression on his face when he is about to laugh. “
“No negative comments came to me,” he said at the time. I have friends on Facebook and the feedback has been positive, “ Santos insisted.
“Of course there’s a weird comment from someone saying there’s room for improvement here or there. But it’s complicated and the end result will never please everyone.”