Top 5 Performances In Outstanding UFC Career Of Georges St Pierre

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5 Most Notable Wins For UFC Superstar Georges St. Pierre

Georges St.Pierre
Tom Szczerbowski USA TODAY Sports

He may indeed return some day, but for now, the UFC has begun life without its biggest draw. Long-time welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre announced he was taking an extended break from the Octagon and vacating his title. St. Pierre cited the constant mental grind and pressure in the need for his sabbatical, and also has some personal issues to deal with. While he plans to continue training, he wouldn’t be tricked into offering up any timetable for a possible return.

As for now, he’s looking forward to as normal a life as someone with his fame and fortune can have. Undoubtedly, he is one of the more recognizable athletes on the face of the earth, and as UFC President Dana White simply stated, he is the organization’s greatest welterweight of all time. There’s no doubt that his most recent title defense against Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 was easily the most controversial of his career. However, if he decides this is indeed the end, St. Pierre’s legacy speaks for itself.

GSP’s win against Hendricks was his 19th victory in the UFC; that’s the most in history. Also, no fighter has spent more time inside the Octagon than St. Pierre, and of his two losses, he was able to get revenge on both Matt Hughes and Matt Serra in devastating fashion. He’s truly been one of the most dominant champions ever, and conducted himself with class and tremendous sportsmanship. You never saw St. Pierre engaging in trash-talk, he was always respectful towards his opposition whether they were respectful of him or not, and was a true ambassador for the sport.

While fighters such as Serra, B.J. Penn, Josh Koscheck and Nick Diaz were all fine in putting on the black-hat in promoting fights against St. Pierre, he was always quick to commend an opponent for competing against him when the fight was over. He clearly is the UFC’s PPV king and the numbers that he always brought to the table will no doubt be missed from a financial perspective.

In the wake of the biggest news in the MMA world, I thought I would take a look at the top five performances of St. Pierre’s brilliant career. There are so many that could be included on this list, but here are the five fights that truly stand out in my mind.

Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports

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5. Georges St. Pierre vs. Nick Diaz

Georges St.Pierre
Eric Bolte USA TODAY Sports

Nick Diaz had trash-talked the champion for quite some time, and St. Pierre was able to get his revenge against Diaz at UFC 158. St. Pierre surprised with his improved boxing skills, as he was able to train with some of Quebec’s world-class talent to prepare. St. Pierre was able to frustrate Diaz throughout the fight and nullify his offense with multiple takedowns en route to winning a lopsided unanimous decision. All scores read 50-45 in the champion’s favor.

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4. Georges St. Pierre vs. Matt Serra 2

Georges St.Pierre
Eric Bolte USA TODAY Sports

After being knocked out by Matt Serra at UFC 69 in Houston in what remains the biggest upset in the organization’s history, GSP got his revenge against “The Terror” in front of his home fans in Montreal at UFC 83. St. Pierre dominated the rematch, avoiding Serra’s power with takedowns and dominant ground-and-pound. St. Pierre would end the fight in Round 2 with brutal knees to the body on his turtled opponent to become undisputed champion.

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3. Georges St. Pierre vs. B.J. Penn 2

Georges St.Pierre
Tom Szczerbowski USA TODAY Sports

“The Prodigy” thought he got a raw deal in their first meeting at UFC 58 when St. Pierre emerged with a split decision win in their title eliminator. There was nothing close about the rematch at UFC 94, as St. Pierre dominated by taking B.J. Penn down at will throughout the course of the fight and doling out punishment with his trademark ground-and-pound. The fight was stopped by Penn’s corner after Round 4 because of the significant damage that their fighter had taken during the bout. The fight marked the first time that two current UFC title holders would square off inside the Octagon.

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2. Georges St. Pierre vs. Matt Hughes 2

Georges St.Pierre
Stephen R. Sylvanie USA TODAY Sports

After admitting that he was in awe in losing to his idol Matt Hughes in their first meeting, St. Pierre wouldn’t be intimidated in the rematch at UFC 65, as he wound up finishing Hughes in dominant fashion to win the title for the first time. A Superman punch late in the first round clearly hurt the reigning title-holder, and St. Pierre would close the show in the second round with a high head kick and a volley of punches to a stunned Hughes. The pair would have a trilogy fight later in their careers, with St. Pierre again winning in dominant fashion via armbar.

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1. Georges St. Pierre vs. Carlos Condit

Georges St.Pierre
Eric Bolte USA TODAY Sports

It’s extremely tough to call a top performance in such a tremendous career, but there are a couple of factors as to why this one tops the list for me. This matchup at UFC 154 was St. Pierre’s first fight back in 18 months after recovery and rehab from a serious knee injury against an opponent who was one of the most diversified and dangerous that he had ever fought. The champ had a rocky moment in the third round when he was rocked by a high head kick, but he managed to survive. St. Pierre showed tremendous resolve by rallying before a rocking Bell Centre in Round 4 and Round 5 to cement a unanimous decision victory. St. Pierre showed his usual class in the post-fight interview after a tough fight that left both men bruised and bloodied. St. Pierre’s kind words for his opponent earned “The Natural Born Killer” a rousing ovation from the fans, despite being in hostile territory. It was truly a scene that showed what the sport is all about.

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5 Most Notable Wins For UFC Superstar Georges St. Pierre

Georges St.Pierre
Tom Szczerbowski USA TODAY Sports

He may indeed return some day, but for now, the UFC has begun life without its biggest draw. Long-time welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre announced he was taking an extended break from the Octagon and vacating his title. St. Pierre cited the constant mental grind and pressure in the need for his sabbatical, and also has some personal issues to deal with. While he plans to continue training, he wouldn’t be tricked into offering up any timetable for a possible return.

As for now, he’s looking forward to as normal a life as someone with his fame and fortune can have. Undoubtedly, he is one of the more recognizable athletes on the face of the earth, and as UFC President Dana White simply stated, he is the organization’s greatest welterweight of all time. There’s no doubt that his most recent title defense against Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 was easily the most controversial of his career. However, if he decides this is indeed the end, St. Pierre’s legacy speaks for itself.

GSP’s win against Hendricks was his 19th victory in the UFC; that’s the most in history. Also, no fighter has spent more time inside the Octagon than St. Pierre, and of his two losses, he was able to get revenge on both Matt Hughes and Matt Serra in devastating fashion. He’s truly been one of the most dominant champions ever, and conducted himself with class and tremendous sportsmanship. You never saw St. Pierre engaging in trash-talk, he was always respectful towards his opposition whether they were respectful of him or not, and was a true ambassador for the sport.

While fighters such as Serra, B.J. Penn, Josh Koscheck and Nick Diaz were all fine in putting on the black-hat in promoting fights against St. Pierre, he was always quick to commend an opponent for competing against him when the fight was over. He clearly is the UFC’s PPV king and the numbers that he always brought to the table will no doubt be missed from a financial perspective.

In the wake of the biggest news in the MMA world, I thought I would take a look at the top five performances of St. Pierre’s brilliant career. There are so many that could be included on this list, but here are the five fights that truly stand out in my mind.

Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports

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5. Georges St. Pierre vs. Nick Diaz

Georges St.Pierre
Eric Bolte USA TODAY Sports

Nick Diaz had trash-talked the champion for quite some time, and St. Pierre was able to get his revenge against Diaz at UFC 158. St. Pierre surprised with his improved boxing skills, as he was able to train with some of Quebec’s world-class talent to prepare. St. Pierre was able to frustrate Diaz throughout the fight and nullify his offense with multiple takedowns en route to winning a lopsided unanimous decision. All scores read 50-45 in the champion’s favor.

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4. Georges St. Pierre vs. Matt Serra 2

Georges St.Pierre
Eric Bolte USA TODAY Sports

After being knocked out by Matt Serra at UFC 69 in Houston in what remains the biggest upset in the organization’s history, GSP got his revenge against “The Terror” in front of his home fans in Montreal at UFC 83. St. Pierre dominated the rematch, avoiding Serra’s power with takedowns and dominant ground-and-pound. St. Pierre would end the fight in Round 2 with brutal knees to the body on his turtled opponent to become undisputed champion.

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3. Georges St. Pierre vs. B.J. Penn 2

Georges St.Pierre
Tom Szczerbowski USA TODAY Sports

“The Prodigy” thought he got a raw deal in their first meeting at UFC 58 when St. Pierre emerged with a split decision win in their title eliminator. There was nothing close about the rematch at UFC 94, as St. Pierre dominated by taking B.J. Penn down at will throughout the course of the fight and doling out punishment with his trademark ground-and-pound. The fight was stopped by Penn’s corner after Round 4 because of the significant damage that their fighter had taken during the bout. The fight marked the first time that two current UFC title holders would square off inside the Octagon.

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2. Georges St. Pierre vs. Matt Hughes 2

Georges St.Pierre
Stephen R. Sylvanie USA TODAY Sports

After admitting that he was in awe in losing to his idol Matt Hughes in their first meeting, St. Pierre wouldn’t be intimidated in the rematch at UFC 65, as he wound up finishing Hughes in dominant fashion to win the title for the first time. A Superman punch late in the first round clearly hurt the reigning title-holder, and St. Pierre would close the show in the second round with a high head kick and a volley of punches to a stunned Hughes. The pair would have a trilogy fight later in their careers, with St. Pierre again winning in dominant fashion via armbar.

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1. Georges St. Pierre vs. Carlos Condit

Georges St.Pierre
Eric Bolte USA TODAY Sports

It’s extremely tough to call a top performance in such a tremendous career, but there are a couple of factors as to why this one tops the list for me. This matchup at UFC 154 was St. Pierre’s first fight back in 18 months after recovery and rehab from a serious knee injury against an opponent who was one of the most diversified and dangerous that he had ever fought. The champ had a rocky moment in the third round when he was rocked by a high head kick, but he managed to survive. St. Pierre showed tremendous resolve by rallying before a rocking Bell Centre in Round 4 and Round 5 to cement a unanimous decision victory. St. Pierre showed his usual class in the post-fight interview after a tough fight that left both men bruised and bloodied. St. Pierre’s kind words for his opponent earned “The Natural Born Killer” a rousing ovation from the fans, despite being in hostile territory. It was truly a scene that showed what the sport is all about.


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