It’s been 14 years since Georges St-Pierre and Matt Hughes competed in their iconic trilogy fight at UFC 79 on December 29, 2007, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
St-Pierre defeated Hughes in the main event via an armband submission, at 4:54 in the second round to win the UFC interim welterweight championship.
“Rush” went on to win the unification encounter against Matt Serra in a rematch at UFC 83. He also won the April 2008 bout in the second round, this time via TKO.
Watch the final moments of the UFC 79 main event between Georges St-Pierre and Matt Hughes below:
St-Pierre and Hughes first met at UFC 50 in October 2004. The latter won the contest by submission and won the vacant welterweight belt.
However, the Canadian superstar won the rematch at UFC 65 in November 2006 and won the 170-pound class championship. He lost the belt in his first title defense, as Serra beat him at UFC 69 in April 2007.
St-Pierre holds a 26-2 win-loss record in his professional mixed martial arts career, while Hughes and Serra are 45-9 and 11-7 respectively.
Georges St-Pierre last fought at UFC 217, while Matt Hughes’ last fight was at UFC 135
After a four-year hiatus, Georges St-Pierre rose to 185 pounds and challenged UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping at UFC 217 in New York’s historic Madison Square Garden.
St-Pierre won the bout by submission in the third round and became the fourth fighter in UFC history to hold titles in multiple divisions. However, he left the belt after just one month due to “Rush” suffering from ulcerative colitis.
Georges St-Pierre officially announced his retirement from the sport on February 21, 2019. “Rush” was finally inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame on September 24, 2021.
Fellow HOF inductee Matt Hughes, meanwhile, last fought Josh Koscheck at UFC 135 on September 24, 2011. He was knocked out in the last outing of his career.
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Hughes hung up his gloves almost a year and a half later on January 24, 2013. He was then named UFC vice president of athlete development and government relations.