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.
"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.
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.