A legend in MMA, Georges St-Pierre, often simply known as GSP, first began training karate at the age of seven. Later on in his youth, he would add in wrestling, BJJ, and boxing to his repertoire.
GSP made his professional MMA debut in January 2002, going 5-0 before getting the call to the UFC. GSP made his UFC debut at UFC 46 in January 2004, and he’d win his first two bouts before fighting Matt Hughes for the vacant UFC Welterweight Championship. GSP lost the fight to Hughes at UFC 50 via submission at the end of the first round.
GSP then raked up a six-fight win streak, getting wins over the likes of Jason “Mayhem” Miller, Frank Trigg and B.J. Penn before defeating Hughes at UFC 65 in November 2006 to claim the welterweight title. But Hughes would lose the title in his first defense at UFC 67 in April 2007, falling victim to Matt Serra.
After a rebound win over Josh Koscheck, GSP defeated Hughes once more for the interim welterweight title at UFC 79 in December 2007 before unifying and winning back the UFC Welterweight Championship from Serra at UFC 83 in April 2008. After that point, GSP would defend the title nine consecutive times. The men he defeated in that time are all familiar faces to MMA fans — Jon Fitch, Penn, Thiago Alves, Dan Hardy, Koscheck, Jake Shields, Carlos Condit, Nick Diaz and Johny Hendricks.
But after his controversial win over Hendricks at UFC 167 in November 2013, GSP announced he was taking a hiatus, vacating the title in the process.
In 2017, after four years away and months of negotiation, GSP returned to the UFC. His first bout back would be a Middleweight Championship bout against Michael Bisping in November 2017, at UFC 217 in New York — exactly 50 UFC pay-per-view events and almost exactly four years since he walked away from the sport. GSP won the title and joined Penn, Randy Couture, and Conor McGregor as the only UFC fighters to hold titles in two different weight divisions.
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