Does win at UFC 167 make GSP the GOAT?

Friday, November 15, 2013

A case can be made for several fighters being the greatest of all time. Some people it was Fedor Emelianenko before his legacy was tarnished by three straight losses. Some believe it was and still is Anderson Silva despite his most recent loss to Chris Weidman. T.P. grants makes the case that Georges St-Pierre will cement that status with a win over Johny Hendricks at UFC 167:

With a win over Hendricks, St-Pierre would be in the unique position of having turned aside the best of three generations of fighters. He beat the old guard of welterweights headed by Matt Hughes, but also included the likes of Frank Trigg and Sean Sherk. St. Pierre was then faced with a plethora of challengers from his own generation, beating Nick Diaz, B.J. Penn, Jon Fitch, Josh Koscheck, Thiago Alves, and Jake Shields.

And when St. Pierre beat Carlos Condit, he head defeated one of the standard bearers of a new generation of fighters. Condit, while his career started in 2002, didn’t come into his own as a fighter until 2010 with wins over Rory MacDonald and Dan Hardy. Now in Hendricks, St-Pierre faces another of the best a new generation of welterweights.

Victory against Hendricks is not a given and will not be easy for St-Pierre, but should he end the evening by getting his hand raised he will have a streak of dominance stretching from 2005 to the present day with only the Matt Serra hiccup interrupting his winning streak, putting him at 16-1 since he lost his first shot at a title to Matt Hughes in 2004.

With a win on Saturday St-Pierre would become the greatest of all time.

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So Underground, what do you think? Is GSP the greatest of all-time already, and if not, will a win over Hendricks cement that. Or does he still have work to do to earn the title, even with a win?