Last week, Georges St-Pierre announced his official retirement from MMA. Widely considered one of the greatest fighters of all time, GSP is leaving the sport as one of its most decorated fighters, having won titles in two weight classes in the UFC and holding the record for most wins in title fights, among a number of other records as well. Such is the esteem St-Pierre is held in that his announcement was met with almost unilateral respect among the MMA community. Even the man he took the middleweight title off of, Michael Bisping, had to tip his cap to the MMA legend.
Speaking recently on his Believe You Me podcast, Bisping joked about being the man to retire St-Pierre, before giving the all-time great his full respect.
“It’s what I do. He was in there and he took those right hands, it wobbled his brain, he went to the hospital, had a brain scan, right before he choked me out unconscious, he was in a bad way, and he was like, ‘I don’t want to go through this again,’” Bisping joked. “‘I don’t want to experience the hardship of a fight with Michael Bisping ever again.’
“I just want to say, listen, Georges St-Pierre, absolute legend of the sport. Absolute legend. God bless and good luck in everything that you do from here on out. I always said that Georges St-Pierre was the person that a young fighter should model themselves after. They really should. Always strive to learn new training methods. Training smart, fight smart, professional in and out of the cage.”
Bisping defended his middleweight title against St-Pierre at UFC 217, St-Pierre’s first fight in the octagon in four years after taking an extended hiatus following his controversial win over Johny Hendricks at UFC 167. In the lead up to the fight, things got a bit chippy between GSP and Bisping, with Bisping’s trash-talking persona coming to the forefront. In the end, St-Pierre had the last laugh as he choked Bisping unconscious in the third round to win the middleweight title. Even so, Bisping doesn’t regret saying anything.
“Of course I talked a ton of sh*t leading up to the fight because that’s what you’ve got to do to make it interesting,” Bipsing said. “But I had a lot of respect for GSP. That’s not to say I fabricated everything. I meant what I was saying to him at the time. We’re gonna fight, he thinks he can beat me? I take that personally.”
Bipsing himself retired not long after the St-Pierre bout, taking one more fight, a short-notice bout against Kelvin Gastelum, the he lost by first-round KO. He considered fighting once more but ultimately called it quits last summer due to his mounting injuries, injuries that he joked gave GSP an unfair advantage and cost him his title.
“Had I not had a bad eye and broken ribs, I would’ve beat you. So you got lucky Georges,” Bisping joked. “Bum knee, bum ribs, bum eye, my wrist, I mean Jesus Christ it’s amazing that I made it to the octagon. Not to take anything away from Georges because that’s not what I’m trying to do here. These are just facts.”
Bellator 217 highlights.
They want the rematch so bad.
LFA 61 highlights.
6th Round. Immediate post-fight reaction to UFC Prague.
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I want to remind you guys, that before I become champion, I was close to the title fight 3 times and all 3 times I missed my opportunity. First was in July 2016 when I was offered to fight in Ramadan month and I turned it down, second was UFC 205 NYC when I was offered a title fight, bout agreement signed, but my title was given away, you know the story. Third time was UFC 209 where I was hospitalized and almost died. But after every single fail I were said: you missed your chance, earn your shot with one more victory. Tony you had your chance and you missed it, and that’s your fault only. You know that I’m disqualified and can’t fight, but it’s not fair to strip me off the title, I fought 3 times in 9 months. I won and defended my belt. As a fighter you deserve a title fight, you are great fighter and opponent, but now you have to fight or wait for my DQ to be over and fight(but UFC doesn’t want it). I don’t understand your offenses, if you fell down, you got to get up, not complain. #ufc #mma #ufclightweight
Cuz this worked out so well for the last guy who dropped a weight class for a title shot.
I can make 145— Tony Ferguson (@TonyFergusonXT) February 23, 2019
Sloppy Santos ha easy money— Luke Rockhold (@LukeRockhold) February 23, 2019
I hear rumours about Amsterdam but retirement has been great the last day or so https://t.co/EPnzd5srDA— Stefan Struve (@StefanStruve) February 25, 2019
A rear naked choke, a triangle from top, a triangle from bottom, an armbar from guard, a d’arce choke or the arm triangle choke from last saturday, which one is you favourite and why? #neckcollector #choke #submission #stefanstruve #skyscraper pic.twitter.com/0uQcOTinBB— Stefan Struve (@StefanStruve) February 25, 2019
I can’t and won’t wait 1 year to fight again. That would be silly on my part. TJ is “suppose” to fight Cejudo in June/July (where there’s smoke there’s fire). So who else can Marlon fight? How long does he wait? https://t.co/fSIhasBOZw— Aljamain Sterling (@FunkMaster_UFC) February 23, 2019
It’s amazing to me that I made it back to being ranked #4** in the world! It took a lot of hard funking work and we aren’t done yet! @UFC it’s about time you follow your inactivity rule put some respeck on it! #EarnYourShot! pic.twitter.com/ozdGV3vRN7— Aljamain Sterling (@FunkMaster_UFC) February 24, 2019
Can’t tell if he’s serious or not.
I’m retiring next year. Sorry bud. https://t.co/oQ2DvP4Tbt— Aljamain Sterling (@FunkMaster_UFC) February 24, 2019
No thanks our first match was boring af, I don’t ever want to relive that— Lauren Murphy (@LaurenMurphyMMA) February 24, 2019
But there’s a ton of good + exciting matchups at 125...(and 135 too!) Pudilova, Davis, Maia, Lee, Modafferi... https://t.co/fe0jAv1QvN
Thanks to eveyone who supports me or doubts me. I’m just getting started #nomercy— Petr “No Mercy” Yan (@PetrYanUFC) February 24, 2019
Max Holloway (20-3) vs. Dustin Poirier (24-5, 1 NC); UFC 236, April 13.
Carla Esparza (13-6) vs. Livinha Souza (13-1); UFC on ESPN 3, April 27.
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