Finally the stage is once again set for Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov to meet in the octagon, this time for the UFC lightweight championship.
On Thursday, February 21st, at a press conference in his hometown of Montréal, Canada, Georges ‘Rush’ St-Pierre called time on his illustrious 15-year MMA career.
Speculation of his retirement has been rife for a while. He’s only had two fights in the past five years after vacating his title and walking out on the sport at UFC 167 after a controversial win over Johny Hendricks, a win that is still debated today.
Many pundits and fans assumed St-Pierre had already retired from mixed martial arts, until March 2017 when it was announced that he would be returning to the octagon and moving up from the welterweight division to challenge then-undisputed UFC middleweight champion, Michael Bisping.
The overconfident Brit would try to do what he does best and get under the skin of Georges but to no avail, as St-Pierre would submit Michael Bisping in the third round to become only the fourth fighter in UFC history to have had won two world titles in two weight divisions.
St-Pierre’s dominance would start many years earlier when he captured the UFC Welterweight Championship against one of his heros, Matt Hughes at UFC 65, a win that would redeem himself from a loss to Hughes in there last encounter at UFC 50, the first of St-Pierre’s career.
Unfortunately his title reign would be short lived, as he would suffer a TKO loss in his first title defence to Matt Serra in what’s stands as one of the biggest upsets in UFC history to date.
The two would meet again at UFC 83 where St-Pierre would redeem himself and reclaim the UFC Welterweight Title.
St-Pierre would go on to successfully defend his title eight times against the likes of BJ Penn, Carlos Condit and Nick Diaz just to name a few.
Georges St-Pierre has more wins than any other welterweight in UFC history with 19 and has the most wins in a title fight out of anyone in UFC history with 13 and is regarded by many as perhaps the greatest pound-for-pound fighter of all time.
Congratulations “Rush” on a remarkable career and thanks for the memories.