Georges St-Pierre, also referred to as GSP, is a world-class Canadian MMA fighter of French descent. He is currently signed to the UFC, and is the reigning Middleweight champion in the UFC, as well as a 3-time former Welterweight champion in the UFC, winning the title twice in 2006 and 2008, including an interim title during 2007.
He is arguably one of the greatest Mixed Martial Art fighters of all time and was ranked the number 1 welterweight in the world for multiple years by Sherdog, along with several other publications. Rodgers Sportsnet named him Canadian Athlete of the Year from 2008 through to 2010. Also, Fight Matrix has listed him as the best MMA Welterweight fighter of all time and the most proficient fighter in the history of MMA.
Georges St-Pierre retired in 2013 where he held the prestigious record for the most wins in title fights, as well as the second longest combined streak for the title in the history of the UFC, lasting 2,204 days. He made a return to the Octagon in March 2017 and managed to defeat Michael Bisping through submission to successfully claim the middleweight title. After the fight, Georges St-Pierre became the fourth fighter in the history of the UFC to be a multi-division champion.
With the above statistics in mind, there’s no valid reason not to call Georges St-Pierre the greatest of all time. There are loads of contributing factors that make Georges St-Pierre stand out from the crowd. He displays tremendous heart when winning a fight, he’s a ruthless finisher in each of his winning fights, and most importantly, he had the confidence in his beliefs to walk away during his peak. He essentially wanted a clean sport and returned to a sport that is overseen by USADA, as well as faced a true champion in Bisping.
For many years, Georges St-Pierre and Anderson Silva were neck-and-neck in the Greatest of all Time discussion. Unfortunately, Silva’s decline after St-Pierre initially walked away has been heart-breaking. Fedor Emelianenko went soft on one too many occasions, and Brett Rogers, as well as Hong-Man Chois, eventually declined. Jon Jones managed to self-sabotage his way out of the discussion, and Johnson’s body is nowhere near the same level as Georges St-Pierre’s.
Currently Georges St-Pierre doesn’t have a fight scheduled, largely due to a neck injury that he picked up in his win against Bisping, but their is strong rumours that a super fight with, Welterweight Champion, Tyron Woodley will be announced early in the New Year. Depending what weight they fight at will impact the odds of this fight. If at Middleweight odds on sites like BetOnline will likely strongly favour Georges St-Pierre. However, if the fight is at welterweight, Tyron Woodleys natural weight, odds would be far closer. If GSP was to beat Woodley at welterweight it might just finalise Georges St-Pierre as the Best Pound-for-Pound of all time.
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