Canada's Georges St-Pierre announces his retirement from mixed martial arts during a press conference in Montreal, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)
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Georges St-Pierre retired Thursday after a career in which he put mixed martial arts on the map in Canada and helped fuel the UFC's worldwide expansion.St-Pierre, a two-division champion, leaves with a record of 26-2-0 and a 13-fight winning streak.St-Pierre gave up the 185-pound (84 kilogram) crown a month later, citing concerns with ulcerative colitis. Despite limited activity, he is eighth in the UFC's pound-for-pound rankings. St-Pierre debuted on the big stage with a unanimous decision over Karo Parisyan in 2004 .In 2011, St-Pierre set the largest UFC gate outside the U.S. at over $12 million when he headlined UFC 129 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.
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