After a stellar 15-year profession, Canadian MMA legend Georges St-Pierre is about to be inducted into the UFC Corridor of Fame.
St-Pierre was a three-time UFC welterweight champion and was ranked because the world No. 1 in his weight class for a number of years. He received 26 of his 28 skilled bouts and went on a streak of 13 wins to finish his profession, the second-longest in UFC historical past.
UFC introduced he could be inducted into the Fashionable Wing of the Corridor of Fame in a Twitter publish on Saturday night time.
Highlights from St-Pierre’s profession embody wins over fellow Corridor of Famers Matt Hughes, BJ Penn, Matt Serra and Michael Bisping. He additionally had wins over Jon Fitch, Thiago Alves, Jake Shields and Nick Diaz.
After taking a four-year hiatus from martial arts, St-Pierre made his return in 2017 after transferring up a weight class to combat middleweight champion Bisping. He received through technical submission within the third spherical in what could be the final combat of his profession. He formally introduced his retirement on February 21, 2019.
The Montreal native is extensively credited with serving to develop the recognition of blended martial arts in Canada. He participated within the first-ever UFC occasion in Canada in 2008, defeating Matt Serra on the Bell Centre in Montreal, and took down Jake Shields at Rogers Centre in Toronto three years later. The bout in opposition to Shields came about in entrance of 55,724 followers, essentially the most in UFC North American historical past.
“It’s an excellent honor to be inducted to the UFC Corridor of Fame,” St-Pierre stated in a press release through Yahoo Sports activities’ Kevin Iole. “I wish to thank Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta, Dana White and your complete UFC group, my household, my coaches and teammates, my previous collaborators, my opponents and, in fact, all UFC followers. It’s been an incredible journey, with out them, none of this might have been doable.”
“Georges St-Pierre is a pioneer of Canadian MMA who helped construct the game globally,” UFC president Dana White stated. “He’s essentially 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.”
The induction will happen someday later this yr quite than the everyday date in July because of the COVID-19 pandemic.