Georges St-Pierre


Possible GOAT to hang up gloves
February 20, 2019
St-Pierre will announce his official retirement from MMA at a press conference Thursday morning in Montreal, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
St-Pierre had been eyeing a final fight against lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, but once he realized it would not materialize, one of the greatest fighters of all-time will instead decide to call it quits. GSP last competed in November of 2017, when he defeated Michael Bisping at Madison Square Garden to become the middleweight champion. He had competed at welterweight for the majority of his career, and the weight gain to get to 185 pounds resulted in another battle, this time with ulcerative colitis. He has since been cleared of the intestinal issue, but with few fights outside of Khabib left that would further advance his legacy, he decided the time had come at 37 years old. GSP will finish with a 26-2 career MMA record, and will have avenged his only two losses to Matt Serra and Matt Hughes. He was a two-division champion before it became trendy, and has wins over some of the most respected UFC welterweights of his generation -- B.J. Penn, Carlos Condit, Nick Diaz, Johny Hendricks, Dan Hardy, Jon Fitch and Frank Trigg, just to name a few. St-Pierre employed a wrestling style that was nearly impossible to defend, and will finish his career with an elite mark of 4.16 takedowns per 15 minutes of fight time. While he wasn't always known as a finisher, he did rack up five KO/TKO wins as well under the UFC banner. His career will also be remembered by nearly a four-year layoff between 2013 and 2017 due to what he described as the UFC's inability to curtail PED use. Once the UFC began using USADA drug testing, the door was open for a return, albeit short-lived. While he arguably has some left in the tank, GSP will instead elect to retire on a high note.
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Healthy, but may never fight again
December 14, 2018
St-Pierre has fully recovered from his ulcerative colitis but is uncertain if he'll ever fight again, Jed Meshew of MMA Fighting reports. "I could [come back] but to tell the truth, it's less and less tempting for me. I did not think I would say that one day: I'm getting older. I don't want to fight a young guy that hasn't made it on the legacy side, that isn't a name. I would have nothing to win."
While St-Pierre's sentiment is discouraging for UFC fans, a return to the Octagon hasn't been fully put to rest, but it apparently will need to be an enticing arrangement for St-Pierre to even entertain the idea. For now, the 37-year-old has won his last 13 fights, most recently winning the middleweight title after defeating Michael Bisping at UFC 217. He's since been stripped of that title while battling ulcerative colitis.
Progressing from ulcerative colitis
September 26, 2018
St-Pierre said Tuesday that he's nearing toward a return to full health while he continues to recover from ulcerative colitis, Shaun Al-Shatti of reports. "Definitely the worst has passed," St-Pierre said of his condition. "I'm dosing down the medication that I have. The medication is anti-inflammatory, so you have to dose it down. Not in one shot, you can't stop in one shot, but I'm dosing it down every month and soon it will be past, a story of the past. As it goes right now, pretty much all of the symptoms are almost gone."
After putting his legendary MMA career on hold for four years, St-Pierre resumed fighting in November, claiming the middleweight title after notching a victory over Michael Bisping via submission at UFC 217. The 37-year-old's medical concerns resulted in him vacating that title, but it doesn't appear St-Pierre intends to call an end to his fighting career once more. For now, St-Pierre said his main priority will be continuing to take the necessary precaution to address the illness, but he noted that he's "keeping the door open" for a return to the Octagon.
Vacates middleweight title
December 7, 2017
St-Pierre vacated UFC's middleweight championship Thursday, Ariel Helwani of reports.
St-Pierre was crowned the middleweight champion last month after defeating Michael Bisping at UFC 217 in New York City. According to Helwani, the 36-year-old is currently suffering from ulcerative colitis and will take some time off to focus on his health. Subsequently, Robert Whittaker and Luke Rockhold will battle for the vacated belt at UFC 221 on Feb. 10 in Perth, Australia.
Return to middleweight division in question
December 6, 2017
Updating a previous report, St-Pierre told TSN on Wednesday that he may not return to the middleweight division for his next fight, reports.
This is not what UFC President Dana White wants to hear, as he had been hopeful St-Pierre would defend his newly-earned middleweight strap against Robert Whittaker in 2018. GSP even stated in a post-UFC 217 interview that his contract specified that Whittaker would be next up. It's ultimately up to St-Pierre, however, as he could just as easily choose to walk away into the sunset once again, leaving the promotion void of any true superstars. If or when St-Pierre is back in the Octagon, look for it to be at 170 pounds, a division he dominated for years in the prime of his athletic career.
Discloses future plans
November 9, 2017
St-Pierre said Thursday on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani that his contract with the UFC states he will fight Robert Whittaker next.
St-Pierre went into detail about the challenges of moving up to middleweight in the interview, but it seems like he's at least open to doing it again. The new middleweight champion would not say definitively that he will fight Robert Whittaker in 2018, and noted it's possible that UFC President Dana White could change his mind. In St-Pierre's post-fight comments following Saturday's win over Michael Bisping, he seemed to indicate he was most interested in returning to the welterweight division, where he spent the majority of his career prior to a four-year hiatus. It's also worth noting that GSP mentioned a neck injury that sent him to the hospital, which also resulted in a 45-day medical suspension from the state of New York (per There are many moving parts to this situation, but St-Pierre currently intends to take a vacation before returning to finalize his next move.