Georges St-Pierre Is A UFC Hall Of Famer
Georges St-Pierre headlined UFC’s Hall of Fame ceremony last Thursday.
The ceremony – which was delayed for a year due to Covid-19 — inducted St-Pierre, longtime referee Marc Ratner, late fighter Kevin Randleman and Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson for their first battle.
St-Pierre is hailed as one of the greatest mixed martial artists in history. He is one of only a handful of fighters to ever hold titles in two different divisions. He had a long reign at welterweight and then snatched the UFC middleweight title in his final fight in 2017.
In 2017, he dethroned Michael Bisping at UFC 217. It was his return to the octagon after being retired for four years.
“It’s funny. I never really liked to fight,” he said. “It’s a weird thing to say from a Hall of Famer, but I never enjoyed it.”
“If I could snap my fingers before every fight to fast forward and open my eyes and the fight was over, I would have done it every single time,” he added. “I did it because I could have the freedom, the health, the wealth and the life that I have.”
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GSP retired with a 13-fight winning streak.
He defeated names like Johny Hendricks, Nick Diaz, Carlos Condit, Dan Hardy and BJ Penn. In the UFC, he suffered loss twice but avenged for both battles.
He was defeated against Matt Hughes at UFC 50, but avenged the loss at UFC 65. After that, Matt Serra defeated him via first-round TKO. Still, in their rematch, GSP dominated and beat him in the second round via TKO knees to the body.
One of the most highly anticipated matchups was a fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov, which never happened. Nurmagomedov did not want to move up in the higher weight class.
Meanwhile, Randleman was finally inducted into the Hall of Fame. He finished 17-16 and was a former UFC heavyweight champion. He died in 2016 at the age of 44.