This past weekend we have seen some incredible fight at UFC 217. Georges St-Pierre returned to the UFC after the hiatus of four years in a spectacular fashion and becoming the fourth man to win belts in two different weight divisions in the UFC.
St-Pierre moved up to the middleweight division to challenge the Michael Bisping; he did appear to struggle initially before sinking in a fight-ending rear-naked choke in the third round. It was such a remarkable performance from GSP and made a legacy once again.
Former UFC middleweight contender Chael Sonnen recently speaking on his Beyond the Fight series, discussed St-Pierre struggles with coming back and the fact that GSP could look worse than ever and still win a UFC title is proof that Pierre never stopped being looking his best. (Via MMA fighting)
“People said, Georges St-Pierre with four years off, he’s not gonna be as fast as he was. Well, he wasn’t. People said he wouldn’t be big enough to just come in underneath a 185-pound Michael Bisping and just take him down like he did everyone else. Well, he couldn’t. He struggled there. People said his timing was gonna be a little bit off; he’d second guess himself after this long layoff. He did. It was the worst Georges St-Pierre I’ve ever seen, but what the world found out is Georges St-Pierre’s skills as a mixed martial artist, there’s a big gap between St-Pierre and the rest of the field. . .
“Yeah, it was a rusty Georges St-Pierre, maybe a little bit slower. I thought maybe his conditioning wasn’t quite what we used to see. He’s still the best in the world.”
GSP’s recent victory triggered a conversation about who is the greatest fighter ever and indeed his name thrust in mind that has recently been dominated by Demetrious Johnson. Sonnen said GSP’s case is more captivating and dominating,
“Do not ever go into a conversation about who the greatest fighter of all time is and not come out of that saying Georges St-Pierre.
“It’s very hard to deny reality. It’s very hard to deny what we’re seeing. It’s very hard to deny a two-time world champion in two different divisions that span back to 2001 and has one loss. One loss since 2001. Beat all of the guys in the previous generation. Beat all of the guys of his generation. Beat all of the guys in the next generation, and left. He comes back four years later, changes weight classes and wins it again. I don’t know what more a guy needs to do. Georges St-Pierre is the greatest fighter to have ever done it.”
Georges St-Pierre got a lot of possibilities available, who to fight next includes, middleweight champion Robert Whittaker and current welterweight champion Tyron Woodley but nothing is confirmed yet.