Is Georges St-Pierre the Greatest of All Time?
Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre hold a number of league records.
Most wins in UFC bouts
1. Georges St. Pierre 19
2. Matt Hughes 18
3. Michael Bisping 17
Most wins in UFC title bouts
1. Georges St. Pierre 12
2. Anderson Silva 11
3. Jon Jones 9
Most UFC title bouts
1. Randy Couture 15
2. Georges St. Pierre 14
3. Anderson Silva 13
Most consecutive wins in UFC bouts
1. Anderson Silva 16
2. Georges St. Pierre 12
2. Jon Jones 12
Most consecutive UFC title defenses
1. Anderson Silva 10
2. Georges St. Pierre 9
3. Jon Jones 8
Most total fight time in UFC
1. Frankie Edgar 5:37:51
2. Georges St. Pierre 5:28:12
3. B.J. Penn 5:18:07
A simple look at the numbers shows a solid case for GSP being the UFC G.O.A.T. and as it is the dominant league in the sport’s history, the MMA G.O.A.T.
In an interview with the “Louder With Crowder” podcast, former UFC title contender Chael Sonnen makes the case that it is GSP, not Anderson Silva, who is the G.O.A.T.
“I don’t think there’s any argument. it definitely goes to GSP,” said Sonnen. “And GSP was ranked #1 in the world pound for pound. There was a press conference done and they said ‘no Anderson’s the best’ and our president Dana White argued that, and that is his opinion. But the entire media shifted, they dropped GSP from #1 to #2, the moved Anderson to #1. Anderson’s a fantastic fighter, this isn’t a commentary on him, but if you want to talk about the greats, I’ve fought Anderson twice, I’ve worked out with Georges, I’m just calling it like it is, it’s Georges.”
“I worked out with GSP and it was competitive and close, but Georges got the best of me. He was strong as an ox, it was shocking to feel his grip, I remember when he would grab a hold of me it was like a vice grip, and he was also a lot quicker than me because of that size factor. And it was enough to upset me, I remember driving home that night thinking ‘I need to get my hands on this guy again, I can beat him I can beat him…’ but if you want the reality of our one private training session to which Kenny Florian was the only witness, I will admit that St. Pierre was impressive.”
Sonnen’s opinion was echoed by that of retired fighter Kenny Florian, who also noted how humble a martial artist GSP is.
“I’ll never forget the first time Georges St. Pierre called me,” began Florian. “It was right around 2009. It was after we had already trained with each other for 10 days. I missed his call and his voicemail with his unmistakable accent was the following: ‘Hi Kenny, this is Georges. Georges St. Pierre. GSP. From the UFC. I am in New York so let’s train!’ He wasn’t saying it in a funny or cocky way; he was saying it just in case I had forgotten who he was. I still laugh about that voicemail.
“Growing up a karateka in St. Isidore, Quebec, Canada, Georges was always a true professional in and out of the cage. In the UFC, just one slight mistake can be the difference between winning and losing and GSP was able to keep an amazing consistency in what is most likely the UFC’s most difficult division. Georges was the new breed back when he started competing in the UFC and he remained a step ahead of the competition to the very end. In combat, if you are not evolving and improving, you are getting worse. Not only did GSP keep up with the times, he really led the pack with his unique and brutal training regiment. Whether it was his training with the Olympic wrestling team, his sports psychology training, his gymnastics or unique strength and conditioning program, GSP was probably doing it before you.
“He has fears, problems and insecurities just like everyone else. He ignores them and just works at it, fanatically. He doesn’t pick things up like jiu-jitsu or wrestling and just dominates on day one. GSP truly isn’t this freak athlete that everyone turns him out to be. He is however, a freak with his work ethic. Having him as a former training partner I have had a chance to really see what he is about over the years. The volume of training that GSP can withstand is mind-boggling. What got me to improve and fight at a high level was my work ethic and Georges always outdid me and everyone else in training. GSP’s work ethic was at a higher level than any athlete I’ve ever seen, period. If you asked me to describe GSP in one word, it would be ‘MORE’. He always did more.
“After his last fight with Thiago Alves, he told me that his main goal throughout his fight career was to be able to give back to his parents. After one of his fights, he had planned a trip to Brazil. Just before his trip, he paid off his parent’s house, cars and any other payment that they owed. Knowing his dad would be strongly opposed; he never told them and took off to Brazil for a week. He said his mother called him crying. His father was on another phone and asked him why he did that? Georges said he laughed and told them ‘he did it for them.’ Georges didn’t tell me that to show off. He told me that because he said he had accomplished everything he had ever wanted to do in his life at that time. He was the champion in the welterweight division and his parents were taken care of financially. So after that point, GSP was just competing to compete. I knew his retirement was only a matter of time.”