Georges St-Pierre Chokes Michael Bisping Unconscious

Noah K. Murray for USA TODAY Sports

Michael Bisping has been choked out by Georges St-Pierre.

The stage was set for the main event of UFC 217. After four years of inactivity, St-Pierre challenged Bisping for the UFC middleweight title. The title bout took place inside Madison Square Garden in New York City.

St-Pierre stuck in a jab early in the opening frame. He tested the distance with some light leg kicks. A right hand over the top landed for St-Pierre. Bisping ducked the hook. A jab got in for St-Pierre. A round kick was there for the challenger.

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Another leg kick connected by “Rush” followed by a right hand. St-Pierre shot in and took the champion down. Bisping got back up in short order. He caught Bisping with a Superman punch. Round one was all St-Pierre.

Round two began and St-Pierre landed a left hand. Bisping missed a winging shot. A side kick connected for “Rush.” Bisping caught a kick, and landed a left hook. A combination ending with a leg kick for the challenger.

The champion landed a clean right hand off a leg kick. A jab found the mark for St-Pierre. “Rush” followed a jab with a takedown. Bisping got back up to his feet. He landed a right hand. Bisping got kicked to the body near the end of the round. Bisping’s cup was broken.

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Bisping showed concern over his broken cup going into the third round. St-Pierre shot in and scored another takedown. St-Pierre was cut from elbows. “Rush” wasn’t finding success with wrist control. A bloodied St-Pierre decided to stand back up due to the elbows. A right hand landed for St-Pierre. A combination was there for “Rush.” St-Pierre dropped Bisping and rained down elbows. He took the back and locked in a rear naked choke. Bisping was choked out.

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Final Result: Georges St-Pierre def. Michael Bisping via submission (rear-naked choke) – R2, 4:23