Arguably the greatest mixed martial arts fighter to ever live is set to retire from the UFC. RDS, a French-language sports network first reported that Georges St-Pierre, who started his MMA professional career in 2002, went 26-2 in his professional career. St-Pierre never lost a decision, going a perfect 12-0 in fights that ended in that fashion. GSP also went 8-1 in matches that ended with a knockout and 6-1 in matches that ended by submission. Starting off his professional career 7-0, St. – Pierre lost his first fight to Matt Hughes, by submission, during UFC 50 in 2004. He later avenged that loss in UFC 69 by knocking Hughes out in the second round. GSP’s only other professional loss came in April 2007, during UFC 74, when he was knocked out by Matt Serra. Like the Hughes lost GSP avenged this loss in April 2008 by knocking Serra out during UFC 83.
St-Pierre then went on a six-year run, between 2007 and 2013, where he went on to win 12 matches – nine by decision, one by submission and two by TKO. After his controversial 2013 fight with Johnny Hendricks GSP took a four-year hiatus from fighting citing that he needed to take some time off. While on the comeback trail St.-Pierre suffered a torn ACL which delayed his comeback to the octagon even longer. Finally, in November 2017, GSP returned to headline UFC 217 and fight for the UFC Middleweight Championship against Michael Bisping. GSP won by submission in the third round as St.-Pierre became only the fourth UFC fighter to become a champion in multiple divisions.
After the Bisping fight, however, it was revealed that GSP was suffering from ulcerative colitis, which results in inflammation and ulcers of the colon and rectum. Not wanted to hold up the middleweight division, St.-Pierre vacated the title after holding it for 34 days. This ended up being the last belt, and last fight, of GSP’s career.
The last we heard from GSP is that he was rumored to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov, after Khabib called out GSP after he beat Conor McGregor, but that fight never materialized and now it appears that the greatest fighter ever is calling it quits. It was a pleasure to watch GSP throughout the years and he changed the way the UFC was viewed for years to come.