MMA Junkie News

With UFC 217 win, did Georges St-Pierre just settle an old argument about MMA greats?

if(typeof(jQuery)=="function"){(function($){$.fn.fitVids=function(){}})(jQuery)}; jwplayer('jwplayer_IpGuJAlo_FLu19iir_div').setup( {"playlist":"http:\/\/content.jwplatform.com\/feeds\/IpGuJAlo.json","ph":2} );
Filed under: Featured, News, UFC

There used to be a popular argument back in the day, back when Georges St-Pierre and Anderson Silva were the two most dominant champions in the UFC and it seemed like neither would ever fall.

It was that same old argument combat sports has been having since the creation of weight classes: Pound-for-pound, for whatever that means, who’s the better fighter?

This was mostly pre-Jon Jones, and pre-Demetrious Johnson. The way it would work was, when Silva went all Jedi on someone, he’d jump to the top of the list. Then GSP would go and completely shut down his next challenger, and soon he was back at No. 1.

Occasionally we dared to hope that they might actually fight each other, but come on, one reigning champ against another? Stuff like that only happened when one guy had more ambition than sense (looking at you, B.J. Penn), so it would have to remain an impossible dream.

Now several years have passed, and oh, the things we’ve seen. We saw Silva clown his way into a knockout loss. We saw his leg snap in half like a piece of dry kindling, and then we saw him come back just in time to blame a positive drug test on Thai sex juice.

We saw GSP win a debatable decision and then make his confusing exit, never to be heard from again – or at least until Michael Bisping became UFC middleweight champion.

Then, at UFC 217 in New York City on Saturday night, we saw St-Pierre (26-2 MMA, 20-2 UFC) blink away the blood before dropping Bisping (30-8 MMA, 20-8 UFC) with a left hook and then putting him to sleep with a rear-naked choke.

RelatedUFC 217 results: Georges St-Pierre chokes out Michael Bisping to become two-division champ

Four years away. At a weight class 15 pounds heavier than the one he once dominated. And somehow he looked as good as ever – maybe even better.

So now who looks like the greatest to ever do it?

If you’re talking about accomplishments and titles, all the stuff that fills out an MMA resume, it just got a lot harder to argue against St-Pierre. He was the rare champion to “step away” on top, opting to take his 12-fight winning streak and go home rather than staying until the forces of time and natural decay dragged him out on his back.

He was so committed to this course of action that, even when the UFC president flew into a purple rage over his decision, St-Pierre was unmoved. Ever the rational actor, GSP wasn’t about to do anything that didn’t appeal to his own cold logic.

It was the same with his comeback. The way he set his sights on Bisping, you got the sense that St-Pierre had crunched the numbers and done the math and decided that this was the perfect time and opponent. Not that he was going to rush it, of course. He’d do the fight any time after October, he told us back in May.

That prospect was so disagreeable to Bisping and the UFC that they both flirted with forgetting about the whole thing. GSP was unmoved. And then, what do you know, the fight gets booked for early November, like it was St-Pierre writing the script and the rest of the world couldn’t help but follow it.

There were plenty of reasons to think that the fight itself would not be so kind to him, though. Four years is a long time to be gone, after all. And how would his style play against a bigger man who wins fights on endurance and stubborn resiliency?

RelatedTwitter reacts to Georges St-Pierre's historic title win in return vs. Michael Bisping at UFC 217

You saw that threat poke through here and there. After a strong first round for St-Pierre, his pace slowed somewhat. Bisping began to find his rhythm. Even when St-Pierre took him down, it was Bisping doing the damage off his back, opening St-Pierre’s face with elbows from the bottom. By the time they got back to their feet, GSP’s face was a mask of blood, and his well-laid plans seemed to be under imminent threat.

Then came that left hook – the result of diligent film study, according to St-Pierre. After that, the rear-naked choke that you just knew Bisping wouldn’t tap to, even though he had no hope of escape.

The next thing you know, there’s St-Pierre with UFC gold around his waist once again, politely explaining his process while pausing to apologize for his language, which was nothing that most New Yorkers don’t already hear or say themselves on a Sunday morning subway ride to church.

When it was all over, the interviews completed and Madison Square Garden emptying out, St-Pierre still stood there in the cage, grinning and turning in circles as he took it all in, like he couldn’t bring himself to leave.

Is he the GOAT? Your new middleweight champion, @GeorgesStPierre, takes a slow stroll past press row. What an anazing night. #UFC217 pic.twitter.com/rQDxtCuBGS

— John Morgan (@MMAjunkieJohn) November 5, 2017

Or, another possible explanation, maybe that was the look of a man who already has left once, and who knows what it’s like to wonder if those moments of glory are gone for good.

This time around, he knew enough to stop and enjoy his own triumph, every last drop. Because who can say if and when the feeling will ever come again.

For more on UFC 217, check out the UFC Events section of the site.


Filed under: Featured, News, UFC

UFC interim champ Robert Whittaker picked Michael Bisping, will wait for Georges St-Pierre

if(typeof(jQuery)=="function"){(function($){$.fn.fitVids=function(){}})(jQuery)}; jwplayer('jwplayer_wtnMkMQq_FLu19iir_div').setup( {"playlist":"http:\/\/content.jwplatform.com\/feeds\/wtnMkMQq.json","ph":2} );
Filed under: Featured, News, UFC

NEW YORK CITY – UFC interim middleweight champ Robert Whittaker favored Michael Bisping to beat Georges St-Pierre in the pay-per-view headliner of Saturday’s UFC 217.

But Whittaker (19-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC) didn’t count out St-Pierre (26-2 MMA, 20-2 UFC), which turned out to be a good call when the former welterweight champ choked out Bisping (30-8 MMA, 20-8 UFC) at Madison Square Garden.

Even with the uncertainty then looming over his future, Whittaker, who recently returned to training after a knee injury, couldn’t get too wrapped up in the outcome of the fight. More important was simply that the winner meet him.

RelatedTwitter reacts to Georges St-Pierre's historic title win in return vs. Michael Bisping at UFC 217

“If they want to keep busy and bash themselves, good on you,” Whittaker said backstage. “Make a bit of money in the process. But I’m not going anywhere. I’m going to outlive you guys, so I’m just going to wait for the winner.”

As UFC President Dana White said after the pay-per-view event, St-Pierre vs. Whittaker is a “done deal.” That takes the guesswork out of things for Whittaker, but the question is where and when the fight takes place.

Whittaker would love it if the promotion booked them for UFC 221, which takes place Feb. 18 at Perth Arena in Perth, Australia. But he’s willing to travel if it’s necessary.

“The things is, I’ll just have to make sure I’m ready to fight when they’re ready to fight and fight them,” Whittaker said. “I’m not worried where it is, when it is – I just want to find out who it is.”

Now that he has his answer, the wait for the details just got a lot shorter.

For complete coverage of UFC 217, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

July 8, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Robert Whittaker (blue gloves) celebrates after fighting Yoel Romero (red gloves) during UFC 213 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 8, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Yoel Romero (red gloves) fights Robert Whittaker (blue gloves) during UFC 213 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 8, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Yoel Romero (red gloves) fights Robert Whittaker (blue gloves) during UFC 213 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 8, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Yoel Romero (red gloves) fights Robert Whittaker (blue gloves) during UFC 213 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 8, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Yoel Romero (red gloves) fights Robert Whittaker (blue gloves) during UFC 213 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 8, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Yoel Romero (red gloves) fights Robert Whittaker (blue gloves) during UFC 213 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 8, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Yoel Romero (red gloves) fights Robert Whittaker (blue gloves) during UFC 213 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 8, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Yoel Romero (red gloves) fights Robert Whittaker (blue gloves) during UFC 213 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 8, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Yoel Romero (red gloves) fights Robert Whittaker (blue gloves) during UFC 213 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 8, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Yoel Romero (red gloves) fights Robert Whittaker (blue gloves) during UFC 213 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 8, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Yoel Romero (red gloves) fights Robert Whittaker (blue gloves) during UFC 213 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 8, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Yoel Romero (red gloves) fights Robert Whittaker (blue gloves) during UFC 213 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 8, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Yoel Romero (red gloves) fights Robert Whittaker (blue gloves) during UFC 213 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 8, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Yoel Romero (red gloves) fights Robert Whittaker (blue gloves) during UFC 213 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 8, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Yoel Romero (red gloves) fights Robert Whittaker (blue gloves) during UFC 213 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 8, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Yoel Romero (red gloves) fights Robert Whittaker (blue gloves) during UFC 213 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 8, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Robert Whittaker (blue gloves) celebrates after fighting Yoel Romero (red gloves) during UFC 213 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 8, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Robert Whittaker (blue gloves) is awarded the belt from UFC president Dana White after defeating Yoel Romero (red gloves) during UFC 213 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 8, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Yoel Romero (red gloves) fights Robert Whittaker (blue gloves) during UFC 213 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 8, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Yoel Romero (red gloves) fights Robert Whittaker (blue gloves) during UFC 213 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 8, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Yoel Romero (red gloves) fights Robert Whittaker (blue gloves) during UFC 213 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 8, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Yoel Romero (red gloves) fights Robert Whittaker (blue gloves) during UFC 213 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 8, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Yoel Romero (red gloves) fights Robert Whittaker (blue gloves) during UFC 213 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports jQuery.extend( window._usmgOptions,{ scriptUrl: "https://s2.wp.com/wp-content/themes/vip/usatoday-plugins/api-galleries/assets", analyticsCallback: "galleryAnalytics", fullscreenUrl: "http://mmajunkie.com/sigallery/yqLJdA8di6FKJk8FTie845/282496", customAnalytics: true, title: "Whittaker def. Romero", feedsrc: 2 } );(typeof _usdpgw == "undefined") ? _usdpgw = new _usdpGalleryWall(window._usmgOptions) : _usdpgw.start();
Filed under: Featured, News, UFC

Video: Former NFLer, UFC hopeful Greg Hardy wins MMA debut (but delivers late blow)

Former NFL player Greg Hardy now has a successful amateur-MMA debut under his belt.

The 29-year-old former Pro Bowler scored a 32-second knockout win over fellow amateur Joe Hawkins (0-1) at a regional show in Fort Pierce, Fla.

However, a referee was forced to pry Hardy (1-0), who delivered at least one punch after the official tried to halt the bout, off of his opponent.

Here’s the video:

ESPN.com, which covered the fight, recapped the former defensive end’s past:

“In 2014, Hardy’s NFL career took a turn for the worse when he was accused of domestic violence. He was initially suspended 10 games by the NFL in 2015 for “conduct detrimental to the league,” but that ruling was reduced to four games while he was a member of the Cowboys. Hardy contends that he never violated the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

“Hardy’s six-year career included 165 tackles and 40 sacks in 75 games. He played one season with Dallas and five seasons with the Carolina Panthers.”

Hardy, who was arrested on felony possession of a controlled substance in 2016, apparently hasn’t ruled out an eventual return to the NFL, where he last played in 2015. For now, though, his focus is on MMA and desired UFC contract.

RelatedIn calls to keep Greg Hardy out of MMA and the UFC, our own motives are worth questioning

“I’d be a fool to turn away from what I loved doing for so long,” Hardy, who trains with American Top Team, told ESPN.com. “But it’s a habit of an athlete, a player and a baller to put his whole heart and soul into what I’m doing.

“So the UFC has got my heart and soul. That’s where I’m going in my mind and my heart. Everything that I do is focused on this MMA career, so I’m coming.”

Nov 15, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA;Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy (76) against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Dallas Cowboys 10-6. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Nov 15, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy (76) arrives prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Dec 27, 2015; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy (76) before a game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports Dec 19, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) throws as Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy (76) rushes during the first half at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports Dec 19, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy (76) during the game against the New York Jets at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports Nov 15, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy (76) taunts Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans during the second half of a football game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports Nov 15, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy (76) during the second half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Dallas Cowboys 10-6. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Nov 15, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy (76) looks on against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Dallas Cowboys 10-6. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Nov 15, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy (76) works out prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Nov 15, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy (76) works out prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Nov 8, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy (76) leaves the field following a game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Eagles won 33-27 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports Nov 8, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy (76) rushes the passer against Philadelphia Eagles tackle Lane Johnson (65) in the third quarterat AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports Nov 8, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy (76) warms up on the field before the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports Nov 8, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy (76) during the first quarter of a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at AT&T Stadium. Eagles won 33-27 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports Nov 8, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy (76) warms up on the field before the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports jQuery.extend( window._usmgOptions,{ scriptUrl: "https://s2.wp.com/wp-content/themes/vip/usatoday-plugins/api-galleries/assets", analyticsCallback: "galleryAnalytics", fullscreenUrl: "http://mmajunkie.com/sigallery/bMsCdb9r3tPagbnsgV7bRL/282612", customAnalytics: true, title: "Greg Hardy", feedsrc: 2 } );(typeof _usdpgw == "undefined") ? _usdpgw = new _usdpGalleryWall(window._usmgOptions) : _usdpgw.start();
Filed under: Blue Corner, Featured Videos, News, UFC, Videos

Pages