Georges St-Pierre’s MMA career has spanned 13 years of active competition, 28 professional fights and three championship stints.
Thursday, his career as a competitor wrapped up.
Montreal’s Bell Centre was the setting for St-Pierre’s retirement press conference.
St-Pierre’s MMA career began in January of 2002 as a welterweight fighter, when he defeated Ivan Menjivar during UCC 7: Bad Boyz in a first-round TKO, followed by a first-round armbar win vs. Justin Bruckmann in UCC 10: Battles for the UGC Welterweight belt that June.
His UFC debut occurred during the Jan. 31, 2004 UFC 46: Supernatural card in the featured preliminary. That night, he scored a unanimous decision victory against Karo Parisyan before the five-fight main card on pay-per-view.
That June, in UFC 48: Payback’s undercard, St-Pierre landed his first TKO victory in the UFC in the first round against Jay Hieron.
St-Pierre had been scheduled to match with Jason Miller that night, yet Miller was pulled from the event due to his issues with the law.
GSP eventually parlayed his successes into his first stint as the UFC Welterweight champion, beginning in November of 2006 during the UFC 65: Bad Intensions main event against Matt Hughes, a contest that was postponed from UFC 63 earlier that year.
St-Pierre captured the belt with a second-round knockout.
His bid at a title defense was thwarted next time out during UFC 69: Shootout, when 2018 UFC Hall of Fame inductee Matt Serra scored a first-round TKO for the championship.
On Dec. 29, 2007, St-Pierre won the interim Welterweight title vs. Hughes during UFC 79, unifying the belt against Serra in UFC 84 the following April.
GSP defended the title nine times from 2008 to 2013, the last of which came in a split decision in UFC 167’s main event against Johny Hendricks on a night where the promotion’s 20th anniversary was commemorated.
In December of 2013, St-Pierre gave up his belt and did not return to UFC until 2017, when he secured the Middleweight title after defeating Michael Bisping. 33 days after the UFC 217 event on Dec. 7, 2017, GSP gave up his belt as a result of his bout against ulcerative colitis.
This would prove to be the last fight of his career. In addition to his retirement press conference, St-Pierre made this Twitter post on Thursday:
On behalf of all of us, best of luck to GSP in his retirement.
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