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Morning Report: Watch Georges St-Pierre’s reaction to his UFC Hall of Fame announcement

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UFC 249 was a landmark event in MMA for a number of reasons. It was the first event held by the UFC during the coronavirus pandemic, Henry Cejudo announced his retirement from MMA, and Justin Gaethje may have killed the cursed Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson fight for good. But in the coming years, UFC 249 may be remembered more for something else entirely: the announcement that Georges St-Pierre would headline the UFC’s 2020 Hall of Fame class.

There are few (if any) fighters more deserving of such an honor than St-Pierre, but due to the strange circumstances of the global lockdown, his announcement was slightly more demure than other inductees have received. Frequently, when the UFC announces a new Hall of Fame inductee they like to surprise the honoree sitting at cageside. That was, of course, not possible due to COVID-19 so instead, Dana White called the former welterweight and middleweight champion during the event, to let him know the good news.

White: “Well this was supposed to be, obviously, a lot bigger when we announced this but this pandemic thing, but you’re being inducted into the Hall of Fame, my friend.

St-Pierre: Oh really? Thank you! Wow! What an honor! Thank you so much!

White: You’re welcome. And well deserved, my man. You’ve accomplished a lot of things in your life. Well deserved, my brother.

St-Pierre: Thank you for everything and wow! I don’t know what to say, man. What a great honor!

The UFC made the announcement official with a touching video tribute and St-Pierre later released a statement over social media thanking the Fertitta brothers, Dana White, the UFC, and everyone else that made it possible.

St-Pierre is widely considered to be one of, if not, the greatest fighter in MMA history. His 15-year career saw him claim the UFC welterweight title twice (including nine title defenses) and the middleweight title once, while amassing a 26-2 record that saw him avenge both of his two defeats. St-Pierre’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony is expected to take place later this year and to air on UFC Fight Pass.


MUST-READ STORIES

Champion. Justin Gaethje brutalizes Tony Ferguson, wins interim lightweight title with fifth-round TKO.

Retirement. Henry Cejudo announces his retirement following TKO win over Dominick Cruz.

Hall of Fame. Georges St-Pierre will be inducted into 2020 UFC Hall of Fame class.

Accusation. Dominick Cruz upset with referee over stoppage at UFC 249, claims he ‘smelled like alcohol and cigarettes’.

Moving on. Dana White: It will be ‘Petr Yan and somebody’ to crown new UFC bantamweight champion.

Contract. Report: UFC 249 fighters can be fined for disparaging COVID-19 safety protocols.


VIDEO STEW

UFC 249 Post Show.

GSP’s Hall of Fame montage.

Post-fight presser.

Free fight.

This is interesting. A look at the cornering in the main event.

How good was Wandy? Real good.


LISTEN UP

6th Round. Immediate post-fight discussion of UFC 249.

Severe MMA. Discussing UFC 249 and Jacare testing positive for COVID-19.


SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE

Tony being Tony.

Khabib’s reaction.

Lol.

Cruz.

Title fight.

Respect.

Friends.

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Cold.

OUCH.

DC on Ngannou.

JDS on Ngannou.

Jon Jones being the most petty.

Perhaps. But the champ is a different story.

Weird.

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Happy mother’s day

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Damn good poster.


FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

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FINAL THOUGHTS

GSP is pretty obviously the MMA GOAT so glad good the UFC is inducting him. There are still a few glaring omissions from the Hall *cough* Frank Shamrock *cough* but GSP being inducted shores up a big one.

Thanks for reading and see y’all tomorrow.


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