Georges St. Pierre vs. Sean Sherk
UFC 56 “Full Force”
Nov. 19, 2005 | MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas
After his victory over Robbie Lawler at Strikeforce “Rockhold vs. Kennedy,” Lorenz Larkin made a passionate plea to UFC President Dana White. Dropping to his knees, the middleweight striker asked that fighters under the Strikeforce banner receive post-fight bonuses just like their UFC counterparts.
“We’re your family too,” he said.
While Larkin did not credit St. Pierre as his inspiration behind the move, it was “Rush” who first attempted to utilize the whole begging and pleading angle to his advantage after defeating Sherk at UFC 56.
“Now everybody, I want you to listen to me,” St. Pierre said. “I’m gonna go on my knees like that and ask the UFC management to give a world title shot. Please, I want the belt so bad. Give it to me. I’m not gonna [make] a mistake this time. Give me a chance for the belt.”
After making his request, St. Pierre’s charismatic interview continued. He used sound effects to mimic Sherk while watching video of the fight, apologized for his English and commented on his first bout with Matt Hughes, saying that the then-champion beat him “fairly squarely.” Most importantly, his pleading netted him a rematch with Hughes a year later -- a bout he won to become welterweight champion for the first time. Larkin can only hope that his performance is similarly well-received.
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