Georges St-Pierre is back!
GSP made his return to the Octagon on Saturday night (Nov. 4) and took the middleweight title from Michael Bisping, when he choked out the champ in the third round of their headlining bout at UFC 217.
In front of fans at NYC’s iconic Madison Square Garden, GSP (26-2) knocked down Bisping (30-8) when he caught him with a heavy left hook. From there, he immediately pounced, throwing a number of punches from the top position, before he jumped to the Bisping’s back and applied a rear-naked choke.
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Refusing to tap, Bisping was rendered unconscious.
GSP raised his hands in victory and became just the fourth multidivisional champion in UFC history, after previously holding the welterweight belt from 2008 to 2013, as well. The win is also St-Pierre’s 20th career win, moving him into a tie with Bisping on the UFC’s all-time list.
“I don’t have words in my mouth right now,” St-Pierre said after the fight. “It’s a dream come true. He hurt me very hard. I got stunned and tried to hide it. I wouldn’t like to do that fight again.”
Bisping congratulated GSP, making no excuses for his loss. “You’ve got to give it up to Georges, he was the better man tonight,” he said. “New York, I came and fought my ass off. I tried to be entertaining. Georges was the better man. Hell of a f*cking squeeze he’s got.”
Ahead of UFC 217, St-Pierre said he is contractually obligated to defend the middleweight title. So his next fight will likely be against Robert Whittaker, who won an interim title by defeating Yoel Romero last summer.
In the other co-main events, TJ Dillashaw (15-3) knocked out Cody Garbrandt in the second round in their bantamweight title fight to reclaim the 135-pound championship he lost in early 2016. Before that, another undefeated champ fell, when Joanna Jedrzejczyk (14-1) was knocked out in the opening round by Rose Namajunas (7–3), who is now the new UFC women’s strawweight champ.