Georges “Rush” St-Pierre to be Inducted into UFC Hall of Fame
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Sunday, May 10, 2020
Georges “Rush” St-Pierre, who for years was among the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world, will take his rightful place when he joins the “Modern Wing” of the UFC Hall of Fame. The announcement was made last night at UFC 249, when a video package played during the broadcast.
St-Pierre’s accomplishments inside the octagon were impeccable; 2x UFC Welterweight Champion, UFC Middleweight Champion, most successful title defenses in the UFC’s welterweight division, and most takedowns in UFC history (90) just to name a few.
During his career, the Montreal, Quebec native was a bankable star for the UFC and that was on full display when the UFC held their first event in Toronto. There were over 55,000 fans that packed Rogers Centre to witness St-Pierre defend his UFC Welterweight Championship against Jake Shields, who had come into that fight on a 15-fight win streak.
St-Pierre is also credited as being one of the fighters who changed the perception of an MMA/UFC fighter from being labelled a ‘cage fighter’ competing in what those opposed to MMA being legalized as “human cock-fighting” to being a legitimate professional athlete through the way he conducted himself outside the octagon and during media availabilities.
After retiring and vacating his UFC Welterweight Championship in 2013 to take a break from the stress that comes with being both a UFC champion and one of the top fighters in the promotion, St-Pierre’s name was constantly being brought up for potential fights, but the interest just was not there at the time.
A few years later, St-Pierre expressed a desire to compete again under the right circumstances, which was that he only wanted to return for fights that would impact his legacy in the sport as opposed to competiting against up-and-coming fighters and risk jeopardizing his legacy with another fighter making a name for themselves at his expense.
After talk of St-Pierre returning to challenge then-UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley for the title didn't materialize, plans were changed and instead it was announced that St-Pierre would be making his return in 2017, but it would be to challenge Michael Bisping for the UFC Middleweight Championship.
St-Pierre mentioned that he wanted to challenge himself and do something he had never done before in his career and moving up to 185lbs was just that. There were many who felt the extra weight and time off would hinder St-Pierre’s performance, but he looked better than ever and ended up defeating Bisping via third round submission to capture the UFC Middleweight Championship in the world’s most famous arena, Madison Square Garden.
The one fight that seemed to interest St-Pierre was against undefeated UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and once that fight did not come to fruition, St-Pierre announced his retirement at a press conference last year at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
It will be interesting to see what the UFC have planned for the Hall of Fame ceremony or if they plan on postponing it for a later date.
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