Georges St-Pierre turned 39! Here’s a tribute to the greatest mixed martial artist to enter the UFC octagon.
Georges entered the UFC with a perfect 5-0 record. The Canadian made his promotional debut at UFC 46 and earned a unanimous decision victory over Karo Parisyan.
After a TKO win over his next opponent, St-Pierre suffered his first-ever loss at the hands of Matt Hughes. However, he continued to rack up victories and eventually defeated Hughes in a rematch and won the welterweight championship.
Unfortunately, GSP was a victim of a major upset in his next fight. His next opponent, Matt Sera pulled off the greatest win of his career when he stopped Georges in the first round via a TKO.
Eventually, Georges made his way back to the title. He defeated Serra to win the undisputed welterweight championship and outclassed his next eight opponents.
Following his win over Nick Diaz, GSP took on Johny Hendricks. Hendricks, who was on a six-fight win streak, proved to be St-Pierre’s toughest matchup to date. By the end of the fight, it was evident that Hendricks had it in the bag.
Surprisingly, the judges didn’t see it that way. They scored the bout in favor of the champion.
It is worth noting that GSP was a major propounder of drug testing before the introduction of USADA. On an episode of the Joe Rogan Experience, GSP revealed that both fighters had agreed to proper drug testing before the matchup. However, Hendricks bailed out at the end moment.
After his fight with Hendricks, GSP went on a hiatus.
In 2017, Georges took the MMA world by storm when he announced his return. “Rush” moved up a weight class and faced off against Michael Bisping for the middleweight championship; GSP choked out Bisping in the third round via a rear-naked choke.
Although White made it mandatory for St-Pierre to defend his title against Robert Whittaker, GSP vacated his championship and announced his formal retirement in February 2019. He was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame on May 9, 2019.
Unlike most modern-day mixed martial artists, GSP was very respectful towards his opponents. He displayed sportsmanship like no one else. He was ahead of his time in terms of skills.
Even though he didn’t come from a wrestling background, he dominated wrestlers at their own game. St-Pierre evolved with the sport and made necessary changes to his game whenever required.
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