Any discussion regarding who is the greatest of all time in MMA should include the name Georges St-Pierre, but is “GSP” in fact the G.OA.T.? According to his head coach, Firas Zahabi, there’s no question.
For years, St-Pierre has been cited as a contender for the G.O.A.T., (assuming the debate involves people who actually know a thing or two about MMA), alongside the likes of Fedor Emelianenko, Jon Jones, and Anderson Silva. After all, even before St-Pierre returned to the Octagon last November and won the UFC’s middleweight crown, he had won 12 straight fights, and was the consensus, greatest welterweight to date.
“Conor [McGregor] hasn’t defended a title. [Fedor] had too many losses. [Anderson] had too many losses and you know what happened. The testing didn’t go well. [Jon] – testing. There’s nobody else! There’s nobody else. I’m not just saying that because I train him. Put me aside, the guy is the greatest martial artist of all-time. That’s it. He did it. Let’s give him his due props. He worked for it, he deserves it. If another name comes along that does more than what he did, I’ll be happy to say that there’s a new best of all time.
“Before the testing, and all the losses happened, I would say he was one of the best of all time. Now I’m telling you he is THE best of all time. That’s just the way it is. After the tests come back the way they did the losses happened the way they did, the hands were dealt the way they were, now the best of all time, today, is GSP. No doubt about it.”
Now, there’s no question that later in their careers, both Silva and Emelianenko have taken some losses, which has droppped their stock, in terms of the greatest of all time debate. Prior to Jones’ issues with USADA, particularly his second USADA flag, the former light-heavyweight champ was often mentioned as the G.O.A.T.
Of course, another name to consider is Demetrious Johnson, who holds the record for most consecutive title defenses. But, the flyweight champ hasn’t faced as many big name fighters like the other figher’s mentioned above. But, one could argue that’s more so a bi-product of the fact the 125 division isn’t a main stream draw. Zahabi did say, however, that he believes Johnson is #2 on the G.O.A.T. list.