This photo was taken on April 19, 2008 in Montreal, Canada
Georges St-Pierre was 5 minutes from making his walk to the Octagon to face Matt Serra for the 170lb Welterweight Title. UFC 83 was held at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec and was the UFC’s first Fight in Canada.
The energy and vibe in the room was so strong you could feel it in the air. It was a level of excitement that felt like it was bouncing off the walls. Everyone on Georges Team were all former fighters and now coaches so you can imagine how focused they all were. That focus and readiness was on full display when the fight began as St-Pierre pressed the action early with a takedown and then mixed up his attack, which never allowed Serra the chance to mount a significant offense. In the second round, St-Pierre continued his previous actions and forced Serra into the turtle position and delivered several knees to Serra's midsection which referee Yves Lavigne stopped.
Winning this fight was the beginning of a 12 fight, 6 1/2 year run as the Welterweight Champion before he vacated the title, making him the greatest 170 lb. Champion the UFC has ever had. After a 4 year break, Georges returns to competition to challenge Micheal Bisping for the 185lb title. Georges defeated him via technical submission in the third round to become the Middleweight Champion and the fourth person in UFC history to become a 2 division champion.
On December 7, 2017, St-Pierre announced that he was vacating his UFC middleweight title after 34 days of holding the belt. The stress that Georges put his body through to pack on extra muscle and weight gave him a case of ulcerative colitis, St-Pierre wanted to avoid holding up the middleweight division so he did what was best for the sport he loves.
What a champion move.
This is a Limited Edition Giclée on cotton fiber paper.
The photographer, Eric Williams, signed the artwork in the presence of a Notary Public.
EDITION SIZE IS LIMITED TO ONLY 10 PIECES.
The image Size is 32 x 40
Approximate framed size 37 3/4 x 45 3/4