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Isles Meet Georges St-Pierre

Mathew Barzal and Anthony Beauvillier meet UFC superstars Georges St-Pierre and Urijah Faber

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

Georges St-Pierre's return to the UFC is a big deal in Canada - and an even bigger deal for French-Canadians like Anthony Beauvillier. 

Beauvillier, a native of Sorel-Tracy, Quebec, lit up at the chance to meet St-Pierre on Friday, going to the UFC 217 weigh-ins with Mathew Barzal and Associate Coach Greg Cronin at Madison Square Garden.

Tweet from @NYIslanders: GSP is back! �� @Barzal_97 & @titobeauvi21 bringing a little ��&�� to #UFC217 weigh-ins before @Bisping vs @GeorgesStPierre goes down tomorrow! pic.twitter.com/Vu6FOTYWNC

"Seriously this guy is a legend back home, he's probably one of the most known Quebecers in the world," Beauvillier said. "He's such a warrior. I can't believe I'm going to have the chance to meet him." 

Both being French-Canadian, Beauvillier and St-Pierre met backstage at Friday's weigh-in and got to chat in their native language, a special moment for the young Isles forward.

Tweet from @titobeauvi21: So glad I got to meet this legend. Bonne chance pour ton combat demain @GeorgesStPierre #FrenchConnection ���� https://t.co/8yRJ5rwfh5

Beauvillier has watched all of GSPs fights. St-Pierre was the UFC welterweight champion before vacating the title in 2013. Saturday's fight against middleweight champion Michael Bisping is his first fight in nearly four years. Prior to his leave from fighting, GSP had won 12 straight UFC fights. 

Barzal, Beauvillier and Cronin also met with UFC Hall of Famer Urijah Faber at Friday's weigh-in. 

Tweet from @NYIslanders: .@titobeauvi21, @Barzal_97 and associate coach Greg Cronin are kicking off #UFC217 at The Garden with @GeorgesStPierre and @UrijahFaber. ���� pic.twitter.com/BjJTMWf7dS

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