UFC 217: GSP CHOKES OUT MICHAEL BISPING, BECOMES NEW MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPION

Georges St-Pierre returned to the octagon after taking a four-year break and battled through a bloodied face to choke out Michael Bisping to win the middleweight championship at UFC 217 on Saturday night.

Why this matters: St-Pierre’s win in the main event made it 3 for 3 for the championship challengers at Madison Square Garden in what was easily UFC’s card of the year. The 36-year-old St-Pierre had been the UFC’s 170lb champion for nearly six years, winning 12 straight fights with nine consecutive title defenses when he walked away. St-Pierre cited the need for a mental breather before he wanted to train and fight again.

Notable quotes: “I took this fight to challenge myself and I am honored to be champion once again.” – GSP