Georges St-Pierre Issues Statement On UFC 217 Win

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Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre proved all of his doubters wrong. GSP overcame all of the odds in this fight as he recovered from ACL surgery and took 4 years away from the sport as well.

It was a storybook night for the UFC star, who picked up a third-round submission win over Michael Bisping in the main event of the UFC 217 PPV (pay-per-view) event on Saturday night in New York at Madison Square Garden to win the UFC middleweight title. This win earned him the right to be called a two-division champion.

St-Pierre once again displayed why he is considered among the sport’s all-time greats. Leading up to the fight, GSP flirted with the idea of retiring in the build-up. He went on record by stating that if he lost this bout, then it would be his last.

However, fight fans will be able to see him fight in the world-famous Octagon at least one more time.

Keep in mind that GSP was unable to talk to media reporters who were on site for the event due to him having to get stitches and be checked by doctors.

He decided to take to his official Instagram account to issue a statement about the win, which in his words said was the best night of his career. Here is what he had to say:

“The atmosphere last night at MSG was unreal… Feeling great today,” GSP wrote. “Thanks everyone for making this the best night of my career!!!”

The two-division champion also wrote in French, “A big thank you to all my supporters in Quebec, I cannot wait to get home!”

With this event now over, fight fans, as well as the media, are looking to see who could be GSP’s next opponent. In fact, there are two leading candidates. Those fighters are interim middleweight champ Robert Whittaker and welterweight title holder Tyron Woodley.

It should be noted that St-Pierre has yet to actually address his fighting future. UFC President Dana White keeps chirping about how UFC 217 blew away expectations with PPV sales. Thus, he is likely in for even more lucrative bouts either way. Time will tell how all of this plays out.

  • Fester

    George did well, after such a long layoff; although he did not give the impression of someone raring to go, back on the UFC treadmill.

    Bisping’s comments after the fight suggest he realizes everyone was expecting him to retire; and for the sake of his health, it was fortunate he lost to GSP, rather than face the monsters in that division.

    Doubtless, George recognizes the fight with Bisping was the easiest fight he can expect in that division, and may get out of there without delay, and call it a day; having left, this time, as a retiring champion.

    Nobody should be surprised if Bisping also quietly hangs up his gloves in the near future.

    • Draven

      I’m happy to see Romero vs. Bisping next so the world can witness Bisping get wrecked even worse now.

    • Don Bivens

      Bingo. This was the same thing as when Couture fought Tim Silvia. He knew he could do it so why not?

      • Fester

        GSP left under a cloud after the Hendricks fight; now he has expunged that and can leave with honor, having been a champion of two divisions.

      • HeteroFriendly

        Yeah but that didn’t hold up a stacked division for a year and a half with lies and backtracks and shenanigans.

        I didn’t have a problem with Bisping/GSP as a fight by itself in a vacuum.
        But it was everything around it that doesn’t make it any kind of feel good story to me whoever had won it.

        • Don Bivens

          Bisping and Dana were the only ones holding things up.

    • HeteroFriendly

      “rather than face the monsters in that division.”

      Who told you he was ever gong to do that?
      How many times did we see him face the monsters of the division if he didn’t have to/after he got the belt.

      His back might have gone back into hurt mode for another 9 months,
      and then it would travel down to his ankle,
      and then up to his neck…

  • HeteroFriendly

    Keeps chirping?