A fighter who many would put on the Mount Rushmore of MMA will be getting his just due. It was announced during UFC 249 that Georges St-Pierre will become the latest member of the UFC Hall of Fame.
The former UFC Welterweight and Middleweight Champion will be inducted into the “Modern Wing” of the Hall of Fame. Taking place during the summer, the event will air on UFC Fight Pass.
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“Georges St-Pierre is a pioneer of Canadian MMA who helped build the sport globally,” UFC President Dana White stated in a release. “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.”
Making his UFC debut in 2004, St-Pierre (26-2) wrestled down Karo Parisyan, giving a taste of what he can do. Right away, he earned a shot at the UFC Welterweight Championship, losing to Matt Hughes. Following the loss, St-Pierre went on a six-fight win streak, beating the likes of Jason Miller, Frank Trigg, and B.J. Penn. In a rematch, he avenged his loss and took out Hughes to win the title.
One of the most infamous moments of his career was when he lost the title to Matt Serra in round one of their fight in 2007. Coming back stronger, he beat Serra in his home of Montreal to win the Welterweight Title back. Following that, St-Pierre defended the title nine times against a who’s who of fighters, beating Jon Fitch, Penn, Thiago Alves, Dan Hardy, Jake Shields, Carlos Condit, and Nick Diaz.
After beating Johnny Henricks in 2013, St-Pierre hung up his gloves. From 2007-2013 he won twelve fights in a row. He didn’t return until 2017, where he challenged Michael Bisping for the UFC Middleweight Title. Inside Madison Square Garden at UFC 217, St-Pierre pulled off the ultimate upset, submitting Bisping to become a two-division champion.
St-Pierre’s career highlights include holding records for the most wins by decision (12), most takedowns (90), and most consecutive title defenses (9) in UFC history and the welterweight division.
The 38-year-old joins Forrest Griffin, Penn, Uriah Faber, Ronda Rousey, Michael Bisping, and Rashad Evans as members of the “Modern Wing” of the UFC Hall of Fame.