St-Pierre has beaten some big names in his career and been part of some major match-ups. Still, few performances were as satisfying as GSP’s gutsy effort against Condit from a little less than a year ago. Going into the bout St-Pierre had spent more than a year on the sidelines due to back-to-back knee injuries, the second involving a torn ACL. During his absence, Condit emerged with the interim belt and a bout was booked for St-Pierre’s return to the ring. Once the cage door closed it didn’t take St-Pierre long to prove he hadn’t lost a step, getting the best of Condit while standing and on the ground. He even ate a beautiful head kick and was wobbled but kept fighting on instead of succumbing to the ensuing series of strikes. More than just a great fight, it was a defining moment in the first-ballot Hall of Famer’s career.
This weekend’s lineup for UFC 165 will undoubtedly produce some highlight-reel moments. Whether it’s a bloody brawl, spectacular stoppage, instance of unintentional comedy, freak occurrence, or something else notable, Canada has served as the backdrop for plenty of eye-popping moments and rightfully so given the energy the nation’s fans consistently bring into any arena. However, whatever ultimately leaves a lasting impression after Saturday night’s show will definitely have some competition if hoping to go down as one of the most memorable moments in the organization’s history up north. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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