Sport St-Pierre returns to capture UFC middleweight title

09:31  05 november  2017
09:31  05 november  2017 Source:   USA TODAY

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St - Pierre returns from four-year layoff to capture UFC middleweight title . Canadian star slaps rear naked choke on Michael Bisping in third round. Georges St - Pierre lands a punch to take down Michael Bisping in their UFC middleweight title bout on Saturday night.

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Georges St-Pierre of Canada punches Michael Bisping of England in their UFC middleweight championship bout.© Getty Images Georges St-Pierre of Canada punches Michael Bisping of England in their UFC middleweight championship bout. Georges St-Pierre made a victorious return to the Ultimate Fighting Championship, ending his four-year exile from mixed martial arts by winning the organization’s middleweight title with a dramatic submission victory over Michael Bisping.

Many had wondered whether the Canadian could resume his prior dominance after such a long layoff, especially with moving up to middleweight from his more natural division of welterweight.

No problem.

The decisive moment of an entertaining and hard-fought contest came towards the end of the third round, when St-Pierre popped Bisping with a stout left hand and sent him to the canvas.

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The almighty Georges St - Pierre will finally return to the Octagon at UFC 217 on Nov. MacDonald makes a valid point, but St - Pierre isn’t just competing against any ordinary middleweight . decision to challenge Bisping on his own terms and attempt to capture another UFC title in another division.

Bisping tried to fight him off on the floor but could not get himself out of trouble. St-Pierre eventually got his back and locked in a read naked choke and the fight was ended by the referee after Bisping refused to tap and fell unconscious.

“This is my dream come true, guys,” St-Pierre, widely regarded as the best fighter in UFC history, said, after receiving a rapturous reception following his long layoff.

Georges St-Pierre, top, brings down Michael Bisping during their UFC middleweight championship bout at UFC 217 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.© Mike Stobe, Getty Images Georges St-Pierre, top, brings down Michael Bisping during their UFC middleweight championship bout at UFC 217 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. There were times when St-Pierre looked a little gassed but there is also a reason why he has now recorded 13 consecutive wins. The Canadian claimed in the build-up that he would come back better than ever, and perhaps he has. He worked extensively with famed boxing coach Freddie Roach ahead of the fight and it was his boxing that got the job done, that powerful left hand setting up the finish that followed.

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“You’ve got to give it up to Georges,” Bisping said. “He was the better man. No excuses.”

There is now some intrigue as to what happens next. Robert Whittaker is the interim champ at middleweight and the UFC has interest in pairing him with St-Pierre to unify the title at a pay-per-view in Whittaker’s native Australia in early 2018.

However, St-Pierre could opt to move down to 170 lbs., where a fight against Conor McGregor — who has fought twice at that weight — would be a blockbuster.

For now though, St-Pierre was just glad to be back, to be winning again, and to be straight back to the top of the UFC pile.

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