MMA fans have ridiculed a statue unveiled in honor of UFC legend Georges St-Pierre after the fighter was pictured subsequent to it in Canada, with many voicing their shock at what they thought was a recreation of Barack Obama.
In a response that evoked recollections of the reception as soon as given to a complicated statue that was supposed to point out soccer celebrity Cristiano Ronaldo, readers didn’t fairly share the admiration for the work that it initially obtained after being highlighted by a web page for UFC Quebec.
Reproducing the picture of the 40-year-old former welterweight champion posing along with his supposed likeness, heavily-followed MMA journalist Ariel Helwani, who hails from the identical Francophone metropolis of Montreal as GSP, wrote: “This is incredible. Bravo, Georges.”
But not everybody agreed with the standard of the tribute, with loads preferring to poke light-hearted enjoyable at it.
“Why does GSP’s statue look like Barack Obama?” another asked, mentioning the former US president.
“Why is my guy standing next to an Obama statue?” posed another punter who had spotted the unwitting resemblance.
“That statue looks anything but GSP,” said a harsher critic.
The grappler himself was evidently thrilled, writing on Instagram: “I am very moved by this honor that the municipality of my childhood has bestowed on me.
“I hope that Place GSP will be a space for inspiration and encounters for every generation and a symbol of perseverance, especially for young people who have big dreams.”
Many a respected figure in the sport chimed in, including ex-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 especially of determination, because GSP in itself is a symbol of faith and hope for this generation and the future generation.”
that should’ve been done a looongg time ago#GOAT
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“That should’ve been done a long time ago,” quipped one fan, calling St-Pierre the best martial artist of all time.
But a soccer supporter drew comparisons to a horrific bust as soon as made in tribute to Portuguese icon Cristiano Ronaldo.
Put up within the airport in his house island of Madeira, Ronaldo spoke proudly of his homeland at its unveiling.
Later disposed of to calls of “RIP Legend”, its creator, Emanuel Santos, claimed that – akin to GSP – Ronaldo was an admirer of his homage and “only asked for some wrinkles to be changed that give him a certain expression in his face when he’s about to laugh.”
“No unfavorable feedback have reached me but,” he said at the time. I’ve got friends on Facebook and the feedback has been positive,” Santos insisted.
“Of course there’s the odd comment from someone saying there’s room for improvement here or there. But it’s complicated and the end result is never going to please everyone.”