Georges St-Pierre stepped into the Octagon for a major fight for the first time in 19 months, and he was able to beat Carlos Condit via unanimous decision.
This is a remarkably impressive accomplishment considering that St-Pierre tore his ACL in December of 2011 and spent the previous 11 months going through the rehabilitation process and training for this fight.
The victory allowed him to retain the welterweight title. Condit had become the interim champion during St-Pierre’s absence.
The manner in which GSP won the bout was unbelievably impressive. Coming off an injury such as the one he suffered, it would be reasonable to expect a fighter to be less explosive, rusty and unable to maintain stamina through a fight that goes the distance.
St-Pierre’s lightning-quick takedown ability was on full display against Condit, nixing the idea that the knee injury will have a permanent effect on his signature skill.
Condit put up an excellent fight, and the American’s striking skills were completely evident in the third round when he landed a kick to St-Pierre’s head. The blow knocked GSP to the ground, but his superior wrestling ability allowed him to make it out of the precarious situation.
In the fourth and fifth rounds, the Montreal crowd was treated as their hometown hero continued his fine performance. His skills were as sharp as ever, and he was able to take Condit to the ground and pummel him, making his opponent’s dangerous strikes useless.
This continued through the final round, and St-Pierre never let up.
Pound-for-pound, St-Pierre was considered to be in the upper echelon of UFC fighters before his injury. He faced a significant amount of questions heading into this fight, as the injury he suffered often derails the careers of athletes across all sports.
But the 31-year-old answered any doubt his peers and fans may have had. St-Pierre is back on top, and UFC has one of its biggest stars back at full strength.