By Jan Carlo Anolin
Combined martial arts legend Georges St-Pierre will probably be inducted into the UFC Corridor of Fame as a part of Class of 2020, the UFC introduced Saturday.
The previous two-division champion will be a part of the likes of Forrest Griffin, BJ Penn, Urijah Faber, Ronda Rousey and Michael Bisping as a member of the “Trendy Wing.”
UFC President Dana White described St-Pierre because the “pioneer of Canadian MMA who helped construct the game globally.”
“He’s probably the most well-known athlete to ever come out of Canada and one of many best martial artists of all-time. We’re proud to induct him into the UFC Corridor of Fame Class of 2020.”
In line with the UFC, the “Trendy Period” class consists of fighters who turned professional on or after November 17, 2000 with a minimal age of 35 or who’ve been retired for one yr or extra.
November 17, 2000 marks the primary UFC occasion beneath the unified guidelines of MMA.
In his 17-year stint, St.-Pierre hauled a 26-2 professional MMA file together with 22 fights within the UFC on a 20-2 slate.
The face of Canadian MMA boasted wins from UFC Corridor of Famers Penn, Bisping, Matt Hughes and Matt Serra.
“He was the flagship – he was combined martial arts in Canada,” Bisping mentioned in a video asserting St.-Pierre’s inclusion in Class of 2020.
Getting into the UFC Corridor of Fame, St.-Pierre had nothing else to show with quite a few achievements etched on his resume similar to being the one in every of seven fighters with titles in two divisions (welterweight and middleweight), having 13 consecutive wins from 2007-2017 (tied for second most), preventing 13 title matches (second most) and successful 20 instances (tied for third most).
Preventing-wise, the 38-year-old MMA nice proved to be a drive to reckon with having probably the most strikes landed (2,591), most vital floor strikes landed (461) and most takedowns (90).
St.-Pierre additionally copped the Sports activities Illustrated Fighter of the 12 months (2009), MMA Junkie Fighter of the 12 months (2009, 2017), Wrestling Observer MMA Most Helpful Fighter (2011, 2013, 2017), Wrestling Observer Most Excellent Fighter (2008 to 2010), amongst others.
The induction ceremony will happen “later this yr” with the venue but to be introduced. It is going to be streamed stay on UFC Battle Move.