Georges St-Pierre has now added a strange chapter to his mixed martial arts legacy. Once one of the UFC’s most dominant welterweights, St-Pierre vacated his title back in 2013 in order to take a lengthy hiatus from the sport. At UFC 217, the now former UFC welterweight champion made his big return to the octagon at a new weight class. In the night’s main event, “Rush” went toe-to-toe with UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping.
St-Pierre choked out “The Count” for the UFC middleweight title, but things have not been going the fighter’s way ever since. Shortly after earning the middleweight belt, St-Pierre was stricken with ulcerative colitis. Now “Rush” has decided to vacate the middleweight title. By doing so, St-Pierre has now earned himself a few firsts within the UFC.
St-Pierre is now the first UFC fighter to ever vacate two championship titles. Beyond that, the fighter’s 2,064 day title reign as a welterweight champion is the second longest in UFC history. However, St-Pierre’s 31 day position as the middleweight champion has now become the shortest reign in UFC history.