UFC Hall of Fame inductee Georges St-Pierre reveals his favorite career memory
Las Vegas, NV – The man who is arguably the greatest fighter of all time is officially a member of the UFC Hall of Fame.
Georges St-Pierre was inducted into the room on Thursday, the ceremony being part of this year’s International Fighting Week. The Canadian known as “Rush” helped the sport explode in his native Canada and around the world, at a time when MMA was slowly being accepted in more and more territories.
GSP was the class act that supporters of mixed martial arts could refer to as a shining example of a true martial artist. He happened to be dominant in the cage as well, beating countless fighters in their prime, often at their own game. Matt Hughes, BJ Penn, Jon Fitch, Dan Hardy, Carlos Condit, Nick Diaz – many tried to gain the upper hand on St-Pierre. Only two men defeated him; he would go on to get revenge on both, ending his career with no unrequited losses and titles in two weight classes.
Despite talks about a superfight with Khabib Nurmagomedov that took place shortly before the pair retired, and rumors of a boxing match, St-Pierre confirmed on Thursday that his career was over. “My days as a mixed martial arts fighter, to prove that I am the best fighter in the world, are over, because I believe my best years are behind me. And health is the most important thing for me, ”said St-Pierre. “Now I can retire and I am very healthy. It’s not something all fighters can brag about so I’m very happy with how things turned out.
As for the moment he will cherish the most, St-Pierre told Cageside Press that they all have a special place in his memory, but have chosen one in particular. “My second fight against Matt Serra in Montreal is my best memory as I was coming back from a loss so I had to overcome a lot of obstacles. And I was fighting at home, where sport at the time did not have a good reputation. So everything changed overnight. It makes me very proud, very happy.
As for welterweight legend’s toughest opponent, GSP struggled to narrow it down to one. “The fight I messed up the most was probably Carolos Condit, or BJ Penn [in their first fight]», Declared St-Pierre. “The most talented fighter I have fought, I believe, was BJ Penn, he was in his prime. The fight that I had to go through a lot of obstacles in terms of preparation and training camp was Johny Hendricks.
St-Pierre ended his fighting career in 2017, after coming back from a five-year voluntary hiatus to submit Michael Bisping for the UFC middleweight title. He would later quit the belt, citing health concerns, ending his MMA run with a 26-2 record. St-Pierre’s Hall of Fame induction on Thursday took place in the modern wing of the hall, alongside Penn and Bisping, who had previously been inducted, and fighters like Ronda Rousey and Urijah Faber.