UFC Hall of Fame: Watch Dana White surprise Georges St-Pierre
Georges St-Pierre is the latest fighter to be inducted in the UFC Hall of Fame. He was left speechless when UFC President Dana White surprised him with the news.
During this weekend’s UFC 249, the UFC announced that the former two division world champion Georges St-Pierre was going to be the latest inductee to the Modern Wing of the UFC Hall of Fame.
“Rush” made his UFC debut at UFC 46 in January 31 2008 when he defeated Karo Parisyan by unanimous decision. St-Pierre would return at UFC 48, earning his second straight UFC win and a shot at the vacant UFC welterweight title against his idol Matt Hughes.
In October 2004, the far more experienced Hughes stopped the young St-Pierre with a second left in the first round, handing “GSP” his first professional loss.
St-Pierre would bounce back, earning five consecutive wins before earning another shot at Hughes. This time “GSP” won by TKO in the second round and became the UFC welterweight champion for the first time.
St-Pierre’s dominant welterweight reign
After losing his title against Matt Serra, in one of the biggests upsets of the sport, “GSP” would once again come back stronger and more dominant than ever.
Defeating Josh Koscheck and Hughes once again, “GSP” rallied back and defeated Serra via TKO and re-captured his title in April 2008. This would mark one of the most dominant reigns in UFC history, seeing St-Pierre defeating the likes of B.J. Penn, Carlos Condit, and Nick Diaz.
In his last welterweight bout, St-Pierre defeated Johny Hendricks in a highly controversial decision, before officially vacating his title in december 2013.
It would take four years before St-Pierre made his return to the UFC, this time moving up a weight class and challenging middleweight champion Michael Bisping at UFC 217 in November 2017.
After two hard-fough rounds, St-Pierre defeated Bisping, thus becoming one of few fighters with UFC titles in two weight divisions.
Left him speechless!
— UFC Canada (@UFC_CA) May 10, 2020
Hall of Fame: Dana White surprises Georges St-Pierre
UFC President Dana White left St-Pierre speechless when he during UFC 249 surprised the Canadian with the news via video call.
White also commented on “GSP” induction to the Modern Era of UFC Hall of Fame, where the Canadian will join the likes of Ronda Rousey, Michael Bisping, B.J. Penn and Urijah Faber.
“Georges St-Pierre is a pioneer of Canadian MMA who helped build the sport globally,” UFC President Dana White stated. “He is the most famous athlete to ever come out of Canada and one of the greatest martial artists of all-time. We’re proud to induct him into the UFC Hall of Fame Class of 2020.”
Former middleweight champion and fellow Hall of Famer “The Count” Bisping had a perfect response to St-Pierre induction:
“An amazing career, and couldn’t think of a better guy to choke me out unconscious and take my belt,” Bisping wrote on his Twitter.