The question of who is the Greatest of All Time is one of the most discussed topics in MMA. But no matter who is debating the point, the same names populate the top of the list: Anderson Silva, Demetrious Johnson, Georges St-Pierre, and Jon Jones. Some people favor other fighters beyond those four and as time wages on, more will join their company but currently, the discussion of GOAT cannot be held without at least mentioning those four fighters, but perhaps the most undeniable of the group argues that the conversation is meaningless anyway.
Any way you slice it, St-Pierre had one of the very best careers in MMA history. On top of his sterling 26-2 record, including nine welterweight title defenses in a row and titles in two divisions, St-Pierre was one of the biggest stars in UFC history. Also, his accomplishments are completely unmarred by positive PED tests like Silva’s and Jones’ are. But when asked point blank by Ariel Helwani if he was the greatest fighter ever, GSP instead, argued against the premise entirely.
“I don’t think there is nobody that is the greatest,” St-Pierre said. “Let me explain that to you. There is three guys, right? This guy will beat [that] guy, [that] guy will beat [the other] guy, and [the other] guy will beat this guy. That’s how it is in this game. . . It’s just a matter of timing. Everybody can beat everybody on any given day. You make a fight against a top guy 10 times, the guy will probably not win it 10 times. Depending on the situation, he might win nine out of the 10. And style makes fights, too. There are guys that have your number – you don’t know why. In the fight game, it’s not a straight line.”
St-Pierre’s philosophy is well earned. The consensus greatest welterweight of all time suffered defeat twice in his career, the first when he was still maturing as a fighter but the second happened to be the biggest upset in the history of the sport, when Matt Serra knocked him out in the first round. St-Pierre quickly avenged the loss with authority but the setback gave him a new perspective on how to view fighting and accomplishments in the sport.
“When I was young, I wanted to be the best of all time but when I got older and had more experience, I realized it’s just a fugazi – it doesn’t exist,” St-Pierre said. “You cannot be the best fighter on the planet. There will always be one guy that will beat you. I know some people say, ‘No that’s not true’ but if you train with many different training partners, with different people, you’ll find out it’s true. There’s guys better than you maybe who are not fighting but if you fight them in the gym you’ll see they are gonna beat you. It’s like that. That’s how the world works. There’s no better guy. There will always be one guy that will have your number, will beat you. That’s how it is. There is no better guy. Any given day, one guy will be better than the other.”
That mentality likely helped St-Pierre maintain a stranglehold over the welterweight division for six years but it also may have led to his early exit from the sport. St-Pierre knew there was always the potential to lose but admits he felt increasing pressure every time he fought to not lose the title. That’s why at 32 years old, he vacated his welterweight title and stepped away from the sport for nearly four years, only coming back to face Michael Bisping for the middleweight title in 2017. True to form, St-Pierre won that bout as well to become the undisputed middleweight champion of the world. But even that, St-Pierre says, was an illusion. He was not better than every other middleweight in the world, he was just better than Michael Bisping on that night.
“When you fight a guy and you’re champion, you’re champion because you only beat that guy, that night,” St-Pierre said. “It doesn’t give you the right to put you above all the rest of the roster. That’s how most people see it but that’s not how I see it, myself, right now. Before that’s how I used to think but now I realize it’s all an illusion.”
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Justin declining to make weight on Friday because why the f*ck would he?
U had quite the head start there buddy. I took it on 20 days ffs. I will not be making weight lol.— Justin Gaethje (@Justin_Gaethje) April 14, 2020
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How about fighting someone who’s not coming off a loss? ♂️ https://t.co/G15OZTLQcK— Petr “No Mercy” Yan (@PetrYanUFC) April 14, 2020
Genuinely astonished Reebok hasn’t made this happen yet.
Maybe the first fight on a card when the world hadn’t had sports in months? Gonna be a lot of eyes on that one.— Bryce Mitchell (@ThugnastyMMA) April 15, 2020
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There aren’t a lot of people I can beat striking. You’re one of the few. https://t.co/0FCgNN9bk0— Funky (@Benaskren) April 14, 2020
You’re so bad at striking you pull guard against guys with losing records https://t.co/0FCgNN9bk0— Funky (@Benaskren) April 14, 2020
Bisping has officially become that guy.
Is it wrong to be smashing bicep curls, outside the front of my house with my shirt off? It’s a glorious day and I’ve never been whiter!— michael (@bisping) April 14, 2020
My little girls almost done with their first week of striking lessons, I’d say they’re picking it up pretty fast. pic.twitter.com/9GIoIx5kLh— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) April 15, 2020
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