Georges St-Pierre was victorious in his return to mixed martial arts after a four-year layoff, defeating Michael Bisping via rear-naked choke in the main event of UFC 217 in New York City to become the Middleweight champion of the world (recap).

But it didn’t come cheap, as “Rush” was busted open by “The Count” thanks to some vicious elbows, which promoted St-Pierre’s face to leak blood profusely before putting an end to the fight. As a result, the returning champion was unable to attend the post-fight press conference, as he took a trip to the hospital immediately.

“He was transported to the hospital. He’s got to get stitches in his nose, “revealed UFC president Dana White during the presser (video replay here). “Bisping did some serious work from his back, split (his) nose open, had blood all over his face. (Georges) took some big shots from the top position.”

Indeed, Bisping was able to land some crushing blows off his back, but once the fight went back to the feet, St-Pierre clipped the brash Brit and pounced on him to sink in the fight-ending submission.

Now, Georges joins Conor McGregor, Randy Couture and B.J. Penn as the only fighters to ever win two division titles for the promotion. Up next for “Rush” will be a title unifying bout against interim title holder Robert Whittaker sometime in 2018.

For now, St-Pierre will let his bruises and cuts heal and enjoy one of the best performances he’s put on in his MMA career against a bigger man, in a weight class he’s never competed in before.

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