The Legendary Georges St-Pierre Retires From MMA Fighting

georges st-pierre ufc mmaFor years, Georges St-Pierre refused to call himself a retired fighter, but that changed today as the former two-division UFC champion announced his official retirement from MMA fighting.

The announcement came at a press conference in Montreal where he confirmed that he was hanging up his gloves after a legendary career that extended for multiple decades that saw him amass a 13-2 record in UFC title fights.

The Canadian will go down as one of the greatest UFC fighters ever as he won the UFC middleweight championship once and the welterweight belt twice. He finished his UFC career with a 22-2 record and nine consecutive title defenses, a record that ranks third all-time in UFC history and first in the welterweight division.

St-Pierre, who made his UFC debut in 2004, wanted to get a final shot at a title as he had hoped to put together a fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov, the organization’s current lightweight champion. After the UFC declined and the fight failed to come together, he decided to call it a career.

St-Pierre, who was chosen as MMA Fighter of the year in 2009, finished his career on a thirteen-fight winning streak.

His last fight was in 2017 against Michael Bisping at UFC 217, when he made his middleweight debut. In that fight, he won the UFC’s middleweight title via technical submission with a rear-naked choke in the third round. Although he later vacated his title, that victory cemented his legacy as he became just the fourth person in UFC history to hold a championship in multiple divisions.

His last loss came via KO against Matt Serra at UFC 69 in 2007, while his only other defeat came in his third UFC fight, a matchup against Matt Hughes at UFC 50 in 2004.

St-Pierre was also chosen as the 2009 Fighter of the Year by Sports Illustrated Magazine

 

 

 

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