G.O.A.T. Week Part 4: Georges St. Pierre Is the Greatest Ever!

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We are doing something special this week. We are doing the Greatest of All Time (G.O.A.T) week. Each day this week, a different staff member will present their argument why a certain fighter is the greatest MMA fighter of all time. Five different writers arguing for five different fighters. Today, we are looking at Georges “Rush” St. Pierre

 

Why Georges St. Pierre Is The Greatest Mixed Martial Arts Fighter of All-Time by Cory Groeneveld

One question that MMA fans can sit around and argue about is, who is the greatest MMA fighter to ever step into the octagon? Fans will sit there and give you reasons why they think this fighter or that fighter is the G.O.A.T (Greatest of all time). When you look closely at who is considered the G.O.A.T of the sport there are a few names that come up more often than others. Those names are: Anderson Silva, Georges St-Pierre (GSP), Jon Jones, and Fedor Emelianenko. I am going to give you reasons why I think Georges St-Pierre is the G.O.A.T.

GSP dominated the welterweight division throughout his career as an MMA fighter. His overall record as we stand today is an impressive 25-2. Of the fighters listed the only one with a better MMA record is Jon Jones with a 22-1 record. GSP takes his training very serious and it shows in the octagon. I have never seen a more prepared fighter than him. He is always ready and focus. Becoming the greatest fighter of all time begins in the gym with hard-work and giving it all That has always been one thing that GSP has focused on.
When you think of the history of the welterweight division, you think of Georges St-Pierre. He ruled the division for years. GSP appeared in the 2nd most title bouts in UFC history with 14 appearances. That is more than any of the fighters I listed above. When there is a title to be won, GSP’s name is in the mix. In those 14 title fighter he was crowned champion and 12 times, which is the most in UFC history. GSP also has the 2nd most wins in UFC history at 19. The guy is a winner.
Another argument to be made for GSP as the G.O.A.T is the competition he has faced. His fights were never easy. He almost always had a competitor that could give a great challenge. Some of the fighters he has faced and defeated are: B.J. Penn (twice) , Matt Hughes (twice), Carlos Condit, Sean Sherk, Johny Hendricks, Jake Shields, Dan Hardy, Thiago Alves, Frank Trigg, Karo Parisyan  Jon Fitch, Josh Koscheck, and Nick Diaz. He had beaten five UFC champions or interim UFC champions, and two UFC Hall of Famers. GSP’s only 2 losses came at the hand of Matt Hughes and Matt Serra. Both fighters he would go on to get a rematch and would come out victorious both times.
It’s not just who GSP beat but how he beat them With the exception of his first win against B.J. Penn and his win over Johny Hendricks, he dominated every fighter. He finds the whole in their game and exploits it.
People will agree and disagree with me on GSP being the greatest to ever step in an octagon, but one things is for sure he is one of the greatest champions the sport has ever seen. And if you go by title wins alone he is the greatest the sport has ever seen. Not to mention that he never lost his championship during his second title run. With a potential comeback at the end of this year, GSP only looks to add to his legacy and separate himself from the other as the G.O.A.T
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