Quebec native and UFC mixed martial artist Georges St-Pierre stands 5'10, 170 lbs.
So before turning his focus to coaching on Season 12 of the Ultimate Fighter against noted Pittsburgh Penguins' fan Josh Koscheck, St-Pierre accepted a friendly challenge from buddy Laraque to a three-round grappling match at the UFC welterweight champion's gym in Montreal.
The middle man in all of this was TSN Off the Record host Michael Landsberg, a mutual friend of the Georges that helped set up the match which was broadcast on Friday's show.
After a few minutes of pre-match build up, the grappling kicks off at the 3:57 mark:
After racking up 1126 penalty minutes and over 130 fights in his NHL career, Laraque's toughness on the ice couldn't translate over into the ring as St-Pierre won all three rounds. After the match, Laraque said he was impressed with the MMA star's ability, despite the size difference:
"That's much harder than an NHL game or a hockey fight," Laraque told Landsberg following the tilt. "It's unbelievable, I couldn't imagine fighting someone my own size. For his size, he's stronger than me."
Give Laraque credit even thought he didn't manage a single takedown of St-Pierre. Laraque is used to the NHL style of fighting where it's grapple / grapple / grapple / hold / punch / punch / grapple / hold / linesmen break up fight way too early.