When Georges St.
Pierre retired from mixed martial arts in 2019, he did so as
one of the most accomplished fighters of all-time.
St. Pierre, who turns 39 on May 19, closed the book on his
outstanding career with a 26-2 record, having avenged his only two
losses in decisive fashion. He remains one of only seven
Couture, B.J. Penn,
Nunes and Henry
Cejudo are the others—who have captured
Ultimate Fighting Championship titles in multiple weight
classes. A two-time welterweight champion, St. Pierre laid claim to
the middleweight crown in what turned out to be his final
appearance inside the Octagon, as he submitted Michael
Bisping with a rear-naked choke at UFC 217 on Nov. 4, 2017. The
Tristar Gym lynchpin won his last 13 bouts.
As St. Pierre settles into his place in history’s rearview mirror,
here are five things you might not know about him:
1. He armed himself for hand-to-hand
St. Pierre holds the rank of black belt in Kyokushin karate,
Brazilian jiu-jitsu and Gaidojutsu.
2. Few can match his strength of
St. Pierre defeated 10 former
International Fight League,
World Extreme Cagefighting, UFC and Strikeforce
champions: Bisping, Jay Hieron,
Condit, Sean Sherk,
(twice), Matt Hughes
(twice), Matt Serra,
Shields and Nick Diaz.
Those 12 victories account for nearly half of his career total.
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3. His stay at the top was second to one.
St. Pierre spent 2,237 days as a UFC champion, second-most
all-time. Only Anderson
Silva (2,457) reigned longer.
4. Judges viewed his well-rounded skills in a positive
St. Pierre went a perfect 12-0 with 10 unanimous decisions in
fights that went the distance.
5. He left his mark from a statistical
St. Pierre plastered his name all over the UFC record book. He
ranks first on the UFC’s all-time list in total strikes landed
(2,591), control time (2:42:04), top position time (2:22:05) and
takedowns landed (90), third in significant strike defense (.731),
takedown accuracy (.738) and wins (20), seventh in submission
attempts (24), eighth in total fight time (5:42:35) and ninth in
significant strikes landed (1,313).
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