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Georges St-Pierre's greatest hits

With the iconic Canadian fighter announcing Friday he's surrendering his UFC welterweight title and taking a break from the octagon, we look back at Georges St-Pierre's rise from schoolyard bullying victim to one of the most fearsome fighters in MMA history.

Tracing Canadian fighter's rise to UFC stardom

Georges St-Pierre, left, silenced lippy Josh Koscheck to retain his UFC welterweight belt in a December 2010 bout at Montreal's Bell Centre. St-Pierre has since run his streak of successful title defences to nine. (Rogerio Barbosa/AFP/Getty Images)

Canadian fighting icon Georges St-Pierre announced Friday he's surrendering his UFC welterweight title and taking a break from the octagon.

One of the greatest mixed martial artists ever, St-Pierre is unbeaten since April 2007, winning 12 straight fights, including nine title defences, to run his record to 25-2.

But St-Pierre's last bout was one of his toughest.

Though he retained his belt at UFC 167 in Las Vegas on Nov. 16, the 32-year Quebec native was battered by challenger Johny Hendricks and needed a controversial split decision to remain champ.

With MMA fans contemplating a future without one of the sport's most popular figures, we take a look back at GSP's rise from schoolyard bullying victim to one of the most feared and respected fighters in UFC history.

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