After more than four years away from the UFC Octagon, Georges St-Pierre waltzed right into the world’s most famous arena, Madison Square Garden, and choked out Michael Bisping in the third round to claim the UFC Middleweight title.
GSP, widely regarded as the greatest welterweight to ever compete, not only made history by becoming just the fourth man in UFC history to hold championships in multiple weight classes, but established himself as one of the best ever. Period.
Consider this – “Rush” returned to MMA after a self-imposed retirement of sorts, on the biggest card of the year, against an opponent who at the time, held the record for most wins in the UFC. Oh, and he moved up to a weight class he had never competed in before.
He looked good doing it, too.
Sure, there was what seemed to be some elements of fatigue. With all that was going on, it could easily be chalked up to an adrenaline dump. The former welterweight kingpin was known for his cardio. But with his recent colitis diagnosis and relinquishing of his newest title, we now know that could also have played a role.
Even with those issues, St-Pierre looked more aggressive then he had in many years. In fact, it was his first stoppage victory since B.J. Penn’s corner threw in the towel in the 4th round, all the way back at UFC 94 in January of 2009.
There’s no doubt that his performance at UFC 217 cemented his standing as one of the best ever. The cherry on top of the cake is the way that Georges St-Pierre outside of the octagon. A true gentleman. As Joe Rogan once said, “… a true martial artist in every sense of the word.”
Quite possibly, the greatest mixed martial artist of all time.