Following Georges St-Pierre’s historic win at UFC 217, the argument’s been made by some that the Canadian fighter is the greatest of all time. But, according to the new middleweight champ, neither he, nor anybody else, can be considered the G.O.A.T.
St-Pierre faced Michael Bisping on November 4th in New York City, and secured the middleweight title by choking out the British star in round three. Since GSP is widely considered to be the greatest welterweight ever, and because he’s just the fourth man ever to win UFC titles in two divisions, more than a few people have declared he’s the G.O.A.T.
But, during a recent media call to discuss his historic win, St-Pierre had this to say about the whole, G.O.A.T conversation (quotes via MMA Mania):
“There’s no such thing as the greatest of all time,” St-Pierre said. “It doesn’t exist. It’s an illusion.”
“Even though you’re the best, it doesn’t mean you’re not going lose,” St-Pierre added. “And it doesn’t mean nobody’s going to beat you. For example, I fought Michael Bisping Saturday night, at Madison Square Garden. In that particular night, at that particular moment, at that particular place, I beat Michael Bisping. But that doesn’t mean if I fight him tomorrow that he’s not going to beat me.”
When I started in MMA, I wanted to be the strongest man in the world. But there’s no such thing as being the strongest man in the world. Everybody can beat everybody at any given day, or any given time. That’s what I learned..”
Okay. So there’s a couple of things to address here. One, if you’re surprised that St-Pierre didn’t declare he’s the best ever, then clearly you haven’t followed him over the years. The 36 year-old has always been one of the most humble and classiest fighters in the game.
Two, while yes, it’s true that even the best can be defeated, people are still going to debate and discuss which fighter accomplished the most during their career. When you consider GSP’s storied run at 170, and that he became the middleweight champ after not fighting for four years, you can see why some are making the G.O.A.T case.
Other names that were mentioned for sometime were Jon Jones and Anderson Silva, but due to their issues with USADA, it seems like less people are making that argument these days. Demetrious Johnson is also in the mix, on account of the fact he’s defended the flyweight title a record 11 times.