Georges St-Pierre is widely considered to be the best welterweight of all-time and left the sport in the perfect way and rare way, by leaving on top. But he never officially retired, he just said he would be taking some time off.
Recently Georges has popped back up into the world of MMA and has expressed interest in fighting again and has ever said he would love to fight Michael Bisping for his newly obtained middleweight title. We know that the MMA world has missed it's long reigning champion as he left before we got to see him be involved in any super fights.
Let’s take you on a bit of a GSP refresher course and relive and reanalyze his top 5 fights as chosen by the UFC’s analysts.
5) April 19, 2008 - UFC 83
At UFC 69, we saw a fight that is widely regarded as the biggest upset in UFC history as we watched Ultimate Fighter winner Matt Serra knockout Georges early in the first round to make him the new UFC Welterweight Champion of the world.
The two would face again at UFC 82 after GSP needed to defeat Josh Koscheck and Matt Hughes to get back to a title fight with the still champion, Matt Serra.
Georges would get his revenge in this fight as he absolutely dominated Matt Serra with some very well-timed takedowns layered with some calculated and methodical ground and pound that exhausted and took the will from Serra throughout the fight. This opposition would continue into the second round before Georges was able to take the back of Serra and land a barrage of jumping knees to Serra’s side forcing him to verbally tap making Georges the champion once again.
This fight marked the beginning of a new era for GSP where he fought much more calculated, took less risks, was more tactical in his approach entail making him somehow more dominant than before.
4) November 17, 2012 - UFC 154
Our fourth fight on this list was back at UFC 154 when Georges took on Carlos Condit after a long 18-month layoff due to a knee injury. Carlos was an opponent that had many of the top analysts in the sport picking Carlos as the man that has the perfect style to beat Georges, even though GSP was riding a 9-fight win streak.
The fight was a highly entertaining bout which we saw a bit of ring rust from Georges, but he was still able to dig deep and utilize the weapons that got him the title, that being his jab, his perfectly timed takedowns, and his smothering top game. There was brief a moment in the third-round where Carlos was able to drop Georges with a beautifully timed head kick where he followed with some amazing ground and pound. Georges was able to weather the storm, hold on for dear life, and finish the round out.
3) August 9, 2008 - UFC 87
The number three fight from GSP was his epic bout with Jon Fitch back in 2008 at UFC 87. Georges took on the super tough Purdue wrestler Jon Fitch, who was riding a 16-fight win streak winning 8 in a row in the UFC. This was the first defense for Georges after winning his title back from Matt Serra back at UFC 83.
Right off the bat to begin the fight GSP was able to takedown Fitch, Fitch would get up and GSP would take him down again. Late in the first-round GSP would land a huge strike to drop Fitch and followed with some huge ground and pound. This story would continue over and over with the takedowns, smothering top control, and not to mention his amazing jab that marked up Fitch’s face for five rounds giving GSP the landslide 50-45 victory.
2) January 31, 2009 - UFC 94
Number two on this list goes is a historical bout where we saw two champions from different weight classes within the UFC take on each other. We saw GSP, the welterweight champion batter with lightweight champion BJ Penn. It is a very rare occasion that we see champions from two weights fight each other, we came close at UFC 196 before Raphael Dos Anjos pulled out of his bout with Conor McGregor. But this historical bout was one of the most entertaining and exciting fights at that time.
This time, would be a little different story for the two. GSP would dominate the wrestling and landed a countless number of crisp strikes on the ground that battered Penn’s face. The continuous powerful takedowns and brutal ground and pound would be the story in this fight. This would continue for four rounds before Penn’s corner would stop the fight before the fifth round could start, cementing another win of the legend BJ Penn.
1) Matt Hughes UFC 65- November 18, 2006
The top fight from Georges St-Pierre would be the rematch between Matt Hughes and Georges St-Pierre at UFC 65. The first fight being back at UFC 50 back in 2004 where Matt Hughes was able to overwhelm Georges and hit a swift armbar at the end of the first round.
This would be the second time that the two fought each other and this time we saw a much more confident, fluid, and lethal fighter than we previously saw at UFC 50. Georges was mixing up his strikes with takedowns and his movement had Matt Hughes completely guessing the whole time.
It wasn’t until the second round where GSP landed a well-timed kick to the face of Hughes that sent Hughes to the ground where he would land a barrage of strikes to finish Hughes.